I am trying to create a new bedroom in the basement. The first problem I hit is that there is this short concrete "wall" with a post coming out of it. Actually, the post is 3 2x4's joined together. If I leave it as-is, it would make the future bedroom a few feet shorter than if I were able to remove it.
My first thought was to put in a temporary post, jackhammer out the wall, take out the original post, and replace it. However, that seems kind of daunting for a couple of reasons:
How to build a new post? Maybe jackhammer out some of the floor slab then fill it in so that it sits below the floor and not just on top of it.
This seems like it would be a "structural modification" which requires getting a construction permit and having things inspected, and I'm wary of that because all the other improvements to this 1925 house (such as replacing knob and tube wiring) were clearly done not up to code.
With that in mind, I'm thinking it would be better to rent a concrete saw and cut that wall vertically close to the post, so I can jackhammer it out without disturbing the post.
Any advice is appreciated!