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Old 04-04-2019, 07:59 AM
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I would open the wall to check to see if that section is load bearing. It may not be, as most garages are built with the beam extending all the way across both openings. That way if a car jumps into gear or some kind of accident happens where someone drives into that small section, the entire house wouldn't come down.
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Old 04-04-2019, 03:57 PM
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It will still be load bearing for that wall itself , walls and roof above , snow loads, wind loads etc etc
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Old 04-04-2019, 06:29 PM
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That stem wall above is bearing right through that center column. I would talk to my PE about two ways of picking up the loads-

First would be doing an I beam straight across the opening and picking up the loads on 2 heavy wall columns on the right and left corners.

The other way would be to possibly do a steel flush "T" beam arrangement running back through the garage after picking up the front load. This way you could share the load across the area without loosing headroom.

Of coarse this is total speculation without being there and doing an exploratory on it. I do high end residential work in a very niche market and get challenged by this type of scenario alot. There is a couple of options for you, but get a good structural guy there to do the calcs for you, cause there is definitely some weight there. And I don't know your local codes, but I would say it would surely need permitting!
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Old 04-04-2019, 08:52 PM
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Another word of caution is if you do it without a permit and something bad happens, your insurance co will hang their hat on the "No permit".
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Old 04-05-2019, 11:38 AM
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It is definitely load bearing. I cut into the sheet rock and its load bearing and separated by two headers. Got a few quotes to take out the pillar. A couple wanted to use lam board and another a steel I beam. I am sure both would work, however the I beam seams more sturdy.

I am actually going to hold off on this project as the car is having to have the engine rebuilt and that whole process is probably going to cost me quite a bit.
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Old 04-06-2019, 05:24 AM
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If someone tells you they would bear that load with LVL instead of steel, please don't hire them.
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Old 04-06-2019, 11:25 AM
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I'd store the boat and leave it as-is. If you are like me, you'll want the space and the boat will eventually move out anyway.
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Old 04-06-2019, 01:03 PM
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Just man up and take a chain saw to it. You'll be fine!

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