Planning a kitchen remodel and was hoping to punchout wall in center of house (in kitchen). I am sure it is load bearing. Is it unreasonable to place a large beam where wall was (is), held up by one beam on each end. Would that configuration be enough to replace the wall? I would like to open the wall up into the living room and create a breakfast bar.
Secondly, I have a feeling that there are vents going vertically up this wall to the second floor. How difficult/expensive to relocate these vents?