We all know what happens when you put an addition on a home and what once was an exterior bearing wall ends up in the middle of the room: You either drop a beam below the ceiling or, if you have the space (and the budget), you retrofit a flush beam up into the ceiling (below).

Here's another simple solution that you might consider when it fits: Use a special-order girder truss designed (often for free, by the truss company) to carry the loads.

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