So my structural engineer is coming out tomorrow morning to take a look at what can be done with this beam. The picture was taken from what would be outside of the back of the room.
My original thought was to just move the column from the end of beam to some point around 5-6' further in. The beam would then be enclosed in a soffit, but the soffit would have to be pretty wide. My concern is that the wide soffit may created problems once I put in a riser in the back of the room.
So then I started thinking what if I move the column as planned and then cut the beam off at the column. To support that section of the house I would then install that 6' beam so that it is closer in line with the other beam (basically the other side of the HVAC trunk). Now that would mean having to install three columns total (relocated, and perhaps I would need to replace the ceiling joists that are just slightly longer. I would also need to reroute that main HVAC trunk line which could be a pain.
Anyway, before I go much further with the engineer who I'm paying by the hour, I figured I'd float the idea by here. Good plan? Bad plan? Waste of money? Also, no clue what this would run me if I farmed some of it out. Bracing a house from collapsing on me has me a bit nervous.