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Increased Door Height Exterior Wall

Lance Greenhaw
last month


We have been renovating a 1980s modern home. In the process we would like to replace an existing exterior door and windows with a large sliding door. We would like the door to be taller then the existing standard size door, aligned with the window heights, but the header is preventing us from going taller. Could you use a steel beam with narrower width as the header to gain height?

This is a two story house. As shown in the pictures, it has 4 2x6's for the top plate followed by the header.

Looking for some advice or ideas

. Thanks

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