Load bearing wall pass-through?
Has anybody done it themselves, or anybody in Western NY who can? I have a small kitchen and redesigning everything, most new appliances and stuff, still didn't finalize cabinets yet but won't have room for the table and am thinking of making a pass-thru big enough for 2-3 people to sit/eat at.
The approx 10ft long wall has a 30 inch doorway about 44 inches from the end which means I can't even get my new fridge in without removing the doors from it. The wall also has a furnace register/vent about a foot above the floor for heat and the end of the wall I believe in the last 2 feet the upstairs furnace duct passes to the next floor. I'm hoping the low furnace vent near the center of the wall ends right there (hope its for the 1st floor only and doesn't extend to the 2nd floor, otherwise no place for a pass-thru.) The wall runs down the center of the house, north to south.
My goal would be to open the doorway all the way to the right to the upstairs furnace ducting or nearest stud, install a lam beam from there north to the end of the wall, (maybe 8ft long including the current door opening) and leave the lower portion of the wall with the furnace vent intact and make at least a counter at about 42"H. In effect, I'd be removing a couple studs to the right of the current door opening, and about 4ft of half the wall to the left of the door opening.
Do I really need a lam beam or can I use a ~4ft header to the left and ~2ft header to the right? I understand temorary walls would need to be constructed to support everything until the beam/headers are installed.
Again, has anybody done it themselves, or anybody in Western NY who can?