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Two things to keep in mind, but not the only two things.

One if you ever hose out your garage what will keep water from getting under the bottom plate?

Two, you need to take in consideration the floor In your garage may not be flush with the room your expanding, because there quite possibly is some fall to your garage floor.
 

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Fine. I'll give some advice.



Guys,

I'm about to remodel the room that connects to my garage. We will be bumping the interior room out approx. 3 feet. We haven't yet cut open the sheetrock to confirm if this is wall is load bearing or not... BUT, we think it's non load bearing. I have several questions about the feasibility of framing the new wall:

Make sure you figure this out properly. If you can't, get an engineer to look at it for you. It also might be a shear wall.

Question #1:
Can I frame the new wall directly onto my concrete slab?

Usually, yes. If it's not load bearing.

If so, should I cut an expansion join along the new wall?

Not sure why you'd do that.

Also, any problem if I decide to build a small masonry wall on top of the slab to match my current foundation?

Not sure why you'd do that, either. it's simpler to build a short wall, like 9 or 10 inches, or whatever, and this way you can level it out. The garage floor is no doubt sloped. Then you can wrap it with plywood to stabilize it.

Question #2:
Should I be cutting the slab "open", digging/pouring a new footing and then framing the new wall on the new foundation wall?

Again, probably not. If this wall is going to pick up load from the existing bearing wall, then most probably, yes.

Thanks!

 

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The only way that wouldn't be a load bearing wall is if it were a single story house with trusses running parallel to that wall and the trusses are able to span from the front to the back of the house correct?
 

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