I wanted to replace a regular door with a pocket door, moving it almost a foot to the side. I didn't expect the wall to be load bearing, but it turns out to be. I'm trying to figure the correct approach.
The door has a header which is load bearing.
The area to the right of the door also has a header (extending over a nearby door).
The left side of the current door would need to be removed for another opening.
The pocket door would extend past the the door, on the right.
My question is: Can the header be shortened, supported and somehow joined to the one on the right? What support column do I need and how do I join them?
Back-side, showing the upper floor joist resting above the headers (please don't mind the current state of electrical and plumbing).
The leftmost part of the first picture is not load-bearing, it is just regular framing for interior walls.