I was looking to buy this house and then realize this room is strange. It used to be a garage but got converted to living space (with permit):
It was a single lumber running across so I am not sure why it needs the support in the middle. I guess the span is too wide for that lumber.
Anyways, the support post looks weird:
Is this piece of metal a "Structural" component or just some "hack" from previous owner?
What do I do in order to remove this post? Larger beam?