I live in an antique cape and we are having the stairs to the 2nd floor rebuilt so we will need more headroom. There is a floor joist that will need to be cut to make that possible.
I'm trying to figure out the best looking way to do it. Should the newel post go from the floor to the ceiling and act as a support for the floor joist? I'm not even sure that would be possible since the joist sits about 6 inches out from the newel.
Or should there be a completely separate post to support the joist? Or is there a way I'm not thinking of to support the joist without a post?
I've attached a photo of the stairs showing the plan. The black area would be removed. The red line is the floor joist.
EDIT: There is nothing above the ceiling being removed. It is "dead space" that is not part of any rooms above.