load bearing beam in kitchen soffit
I am in the process of renovating my kitchen.
When removing the soffit I discovered a load bearing beam (=two 2x10 attached together spanning the length of two rooms). There is an attic above the kitchen and the joists are sitting directly on the beam. Also, the angled studs(on which the roof boards and shingles are attached) are joining the joists right above the beam. Basically there is no room to move the beam above the joists.
Is there any way to move that beam somewhere else? Is it possible to *just* link the joists together instead of having the beam?
I really don't know what can be done or not...but want to get rid of that ugly beam.