Widening a doorway
Hi, I want to widen the doorway from my kitchen to dining room. My home is a Cape Cod and I know this is a load-bearing wall. The current doorway is 30", I want to take off the trim molding and make it 57" - 9" more on one side and 18" on the other. Will this need a header? It will leave 81" of load-bearing wall from the new opening to the exterior wall and only 51" on the other side because it ends because of a hallway that is 42" until it continues again another 116", that last 116" to the other exterior wall also has a 37" closet. Wow, I hope this isn't too confusing! I'd appreciate any thoughts on this. If it needs a header, I don't have a problem with that beause the attic above is finished and I work up there. I just don't want to pay for a job that's un-needed.