Opening a pocket door wall?
This should be over in remodeling, but thought I'd ask here first.
The wall between my living room and kitchen has a pocket door. I'd like to remove this wall area for an 8' opening. This would open up the space in the kitchen, a roomier feel and more light with the large windows in both rooms.
The wall is load bearing. The supporting beam is there with supporting studs on both sides if opened up and would not need to be altered.
There isn't anything inside this wall area other than the pocket door frame which is attached to a supporting stud. It looks like I can leave the outside framing of the pocket door, but remove the cross pieces and center post of frame (2" X 2"). The cross pieces do not appear to be of any supporting use, more for keeping the frame and door aligned. I certainly couldn't hang cabinets or anything heavy on the wall as it is.
Doing this appears to be be similar to removing a double door and and leaving the outside framing. Then trim out the opening. Although the wallboard on both sides covering the frame needs to be cut out.
Has anyone done this or have suggestions to keep me out of a mess? Is the frame supporting anything significant, cautions regarding going into the pocket door wall?