The portion of ceiling which separates my kitchen and living room is in need of a beam. The length is 16 feet across, the height is 8 feet. I was wondering what the city requirement would be for it (i.e. what kind of wood and what size). I've gotten numerous responses which aren't unanimous, so I don't know what the right answer is.
Also, some contractors have suggested the beam being held with brackets while others suggest posts. Those who suggested the posts say the brackets won't have enough strength to support the beam, while others say it will be enough. What would you recommend/why?
I appreciate any and all feedback, thank you so much!