Hope I can get some advice. I have a one story home in Sacramento, CA built in 2000. I am wanting to make an opening of 8' high and 8' wide in the wall between the garage and an adjacent bedroom to enlarge the shop area of my garage. The wall is 20' long and 10' high. The wall separating the garage and the adjoining bedroom/living area is sheathed and obviously a shear wall. the home has a cememt slab foundation. Does making this size of opening jeaporadize the structrual integrity of the house?
If so, being a shear wall are there any special consderations, in this type of situation, I need to address?
Not withstanding my construction and DIYer skills, is this something that should be evaluated by a structural engineer?
Thanks is advance for any advice!