I have a 4x4, center-stair colonial. I want to keep my formal DR & LR, which are in the front of the house either side of the stairs. However, I want to open up the entire back of the house to make it 1 open area. Now it has a kitchen, bathroom, & FR. The breezeway is going to be expanded to be the depth of the house and will contain the bathroom, laundry, mudroom, & pantry.
Moving the bathroom and taking down the separating walls will create a 36 ft X ~11 ft kitchen/FR area. While that will be better than the current separate rooms, it will be rather narrow.
So I'd like to add another 6 ft to the 1st floor across the entire back of the house to make the area 36 ft X ~17 ft. Can that be done? Would it require a 36 ft support beam? Has anyone had any experience with something like this?
I am obviously hiring a contractor and perhaps will need an architect as well. However, I'd like to know if I should even ask about it. If it is utterly ridiculous, I won't. If it is doable, what kind of questions should I ask the contractor to make sure he knows what he's doing so my 2nd floor won't fall down! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.