Today was a lot of organising and fiddling trying to get an engineer to design a steel beam to replace the wall in the kitchen. There is such a range in price and what they are willing to let you do to reduce the cost. Some insist on coming to site with a hefty $600 call out fee. Some are happy to work from drawings and pictures. At the end of the day it is a necessary cost to ensure you are going to support the wall appropriately. I learnt a lot about roofs today, under purlins, hanging beam etc long story short we finally have the info we need to order the beam to take out the wall. Kitchen space here we come.
Reno tip- don't be afraid to shop around for engineers. Some are very busy and less willing to negotiate their fees. Try and find one that specialises in smaller jobs- they sometimes have a smaller price tag