My key questions are:
1. How "big" of a project is this for someone that is experienced in such matters? Would kind of $$ are we talking about?
2. Would removing only a portion of the wall (say 10 ft or so) make the job easier? Cheaper?
3. Would the strucural integrity of my house be affected in any way, assuming the job is done correctly?
4. Who would I actually contract to do such work? Should I first hire a structural engineer and then a contractor? Or would a general home builder/contractor be able to handle such a job?
Any comments welcome. Thanks.