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I have two room I would like to open up, the length is 24' what size beam would I need to span that with the 2nd floor above

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A structural engineer was used for opening up this project's entire first floor. A small dining area, separate living room, galley kitchen and breakfast room were all opened up into one large space.

Plan - Before

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Plan - After removing all interior walls

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Before - Dining Area with fireplace

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After - Living / Dining (with fireplace) and kitchen

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19' long kitchen island helps to delineate space between dining and kitchen areas.

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Linda Berry
I just had an architect come over to design an expansion of our living room. There is an approximate 23 foot outer wall that needs to come out. He had advised the only way to do this is to have two beams on the sides for support or one beam in the middle. Upstairs bed room is above and below is a walk out basement. Could we use a horizontal steal beam and avoid posts in the middle of this room?
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