Doorway opening size

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Old 03-17-17, 12:53 PM
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Doorway opening size

Hello, I am opening up the doorway in the photos below. Original door way was 30", I would like to open up to 48" to matchup the left side with the walk through in the foreground. What are people's thoughts on a 48" opening? Too big?

https://goo.gl/photos/hA1AoYQMFZYVbdtT6
https://goo.gl/photos/nKrRJttgo9UmQeCeA

Heres a before of the whole space:
https://goo.gl/photos/TNmntrnPqDgdC5zF8

and some during photos:
https://goo.gl/photos/pKvsuG2sAntNERxU6
https://goo.gl/photos/roSZhRNEUtcXUPDM7

as it sits now:
https://goo.gl/photos/roSZhRNEUtcXUPDM7
 
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Old 03-17-17, 01:24 PM
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I think that makes sense. Having to jog around that little wall would be annoying. I assuming this is just an opening and there won't be a door (well, doors)....

But it looks like that header over the doorway might be a beam; it's way bigger than would be needed for a typical header. Is it carrying the load of a wall on the level above, or ceiling joists? If so it will be a bigger job as you can't just extend a beam.
 
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Looks like a beam but with just a 2x4 supporting left side I don't think so. If not a beam I would open it up if you don't need the wall space.
 
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I am guessing you have contingency plans for the copper piping and electrical.
 
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Old 03-18-17, 07:56 AM
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Correct, just an opening with no door. The header over the door way is not a beam, and Ive check end its not carrying the load of the wall above.

I am not sure as to why they used such a header in that opening.
 
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Hello, yes the water pipes have been moved already, I am having an electrician out in the next few weeks to move the switches as well.
 
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Old 03-20-17, 06:14 AM
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Another option we were thinking of is opening up this area completely, all the way up to the ceiling. What are everyone's thoughts on that?

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Old 03-20-17, 06:24 AM
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I think it would look fine either way. I like opening up kitchens as much as possible.

Is the ceiling finish (texture) the same on both sides? If not, and you don't plan to redo, then having a transition would look better. But it wouldn't have to be as big as it is now; even a few inch bump would provide visual separation and might make for less ceiling repair.

Will the flooring be the same in the kitchen and hallway? If so I would definitely open it up. If there will be different flooring you could still go either way.
 
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Old 03-20-17, 06:37 AM
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Hello, yes the ceiling texture is the same on both side. Also we doing the same flooring on the whole main level.

We are looking for the best aesthetic flow we can have.
 
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