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My suspicion is that the ceiling joists are lapped over that beam, something like: So moving the beam is nearly impossible without major structural work. Furthermore, in the basement, under the post there is likely a footer. You'd need to crack the concrete floor and dig a 20 inch deep hole and fill it with concrete and rebar for the new post location ...


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You would certainly need to consult a structural engineer and get all plans approved and permitted before beginning work. It will be expensive but since you indicate willingness here goes.... It is completely possible to relocate that post. The question will always be price and design. In my humble opinion the work isn't even all that difficult once you know ...


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No it is not feasible to change that post. It could be moved but it would have to go into the kitchen more, which I am sure would make matters worse for you. So the answer would be no. Moving it would be pretty much redoing the supports for the house. Also you said that this house needs major renovations. Just a suggestion from a long-time flipper... ...


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What's involved is more money than you could possibly want to spend. Incorporating it into an island would be expensive enough: (nothing would be acceptable esthetically without a complete structural re-work)


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The reason why 2x4s are faced thin side out is: The other way would mean you would use a 2x2 base which would be too wobbly, even for non-loadbearing walls. The wide side is more prone to warping issues. Can you imagine trying to get plumbing/electric/whatever through the wall if it were framed like this. It is fine to have a board facing like this ...



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