@callmevilla -- Thanks for the picture and idea, I like it.
Strange that the five studs were there but not over the support beam below, or even directly over a joist. I hope that itself was not a mistake in the original construction. There was no sink or anything attached to them on that wall. They do align with the peak of the vaulted ceiling in the next room.
This is a 13 year old house built in a neighborhood with 100 other house at about the same time.
Well ... NOW you raise another issue. Perhaps it WAS a framing mistake! How could the peak of the ceiling be supported in mid-air? Neal is pretty good at figuring these things out ... I cannot believe five studs were framed-in for no good reason ... not even over a joist?
Could be backing for a half wall or full wall in the origanal kitchen. When homeowner or designers move thing just an inch or two the framer may just add studs to make it work. On occasionally have righten notes on things like that. Things like "this is for you to figure out" or just "good luck"
It is interesting for sure with those 5 studs installed the way they are.
It may be that the plan got changed for cost? and the vaulted ceiling is spreading at the walls...
Or it could be that there is actually something being supported like a beam in the ridge, and you just do not see it.
I would reroute the pipe as suggested.
Yes, now it makes sence.
These are changes made after framing to the plan,
The wall needs to be 4 1/2" bigger.
No, it still needs to be 1ft bigger.
Oh crap, add another foot to make that cupboard work.