Installing structural beam above basement


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My husband and I are doing some research on replacing a load bearing wall with a structural beam on the main floor of our home.

The wall itself is 8 feet wide, but it has openings on each side of it. So the overall opening we will have is a minimum of 14 feet wide. I say minimum because I still need to figure out where there will be a wall below to carry one side of the load from the new beam.

The home does have a basement, so I have questions about whether we may need to change any structure in the basement when we remove the wall on the main floor.

There is no wall or beam directly (parallel) underneath the wall to be removed.
The beam will be between an exterior wall to an interior wall. Will we need to open walls in the basement below the trimmers for the new beam to install additional structure so the weight is carried directly to the basement floor? Or do I just need to be sure the beam and trimmer is directly above a wall in the basement?

Is there anything else we will need to be concerned with?

We will be consulting with someone to help us size the beam and help us with this project, but I want to be sure we are educated. That way we will be sure the job is done correctly.

We live in an area where no building permits are required, so we don't have an inspector or building permit requirement to be sure it is done correctly.

Thank you in advance for anyone who is willing to answer my questions.
 
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I suggest you speak to a licensed structural engineer and pay him to detail what needs to be done, including sizing the beam and any additional supports required.

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I suggest you speak to a licensed structural engineer and pay him to detail what needs to be done, including sizing the beam and any additional supports required.

ColinA
I agree, but I don't want to rely 100% on the information that a single person gives me. An engineer is the person who told me that the wall is load bearing. There was no mention of carrying the load down to footings. So I'm educating myself before I hire an engineer. I want this done right.
 

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