We own a 1970 ranch style house in Kansas. We are planning on taking out the wall between the kitchen & living room, which is a spans of 20'. It is a load bearing wall and have been told by an engineer that we need 3 wood beams (side-by-side)that are 20' long and 18" deep. The beams will be in the attic completely since we can't afford the headspace. Ok, our only problem is how to get the beam in our attic. We have 8' ceilings & a hip (sp?)roof. We've been told that we'd have to tear out part of our roof to install these. Would it be a possibility to use steal beams (we have a metal fab shop)so that the beams can be cut in half & bolted together after we get it in the attic? It's the end of November & Kansas winters can be pretty harsh, but we can't start until after Jan 1. If we could avoid the roof tear-out, I would love it! Of course, we'll be consulting our engineer again but would love to hear from the guys with so much experience! Any words of wisdom?