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Your question is hard to answer. Beams can be recessed into the same plane as the joists, smaller but strong beams (in wood or steel) can replace existing beams. To tell you the exact options and what it would cost, you need to talk to someone with good construction experience and possibly an engineer. It is unlikely to be what you think of as cheap.


Depending on what you want and what you're willing to do, one possible approach is to cut the top cabinets on that side to fit around the beams. Lacking pictures as yet, it's unclear how much space that would leave in the top of the cabinets, but if the cabinets are already bought, and the look of the kitchen (new cabinets, full height) matters more than the ...

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