If I start to get into something I am not farmiliar with, I start out just as you are. Read, get info from folks who have done it...then I call in an expert to consult with.....usually a computer thing.
I would ask around for a competant remodelor, and ask if you can hire them by the hour. The information is worth it's class time.
And I can tell you from experience most DIY folks have to do it twice, and spend 3 times the money when they have to call in the pro to fix it, or when you sell the home.
Thanks for the resource above, it helps me a lot
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