Originally Posted by roaf85
How do you do something like this? How would I go about doing this. I want to do something like this when I buy a home, but I have no carpenter experience.
What tools do you need? Do you just cut a hole in the wall?
Well, its not quite that simple. You have to figure out if you have a load-bearing wall first, that is, does it support the weight of the roof. If so, you have to take extra precautions (like using a jack to support the wall while you put in a header). If you have a friend that has some knowledge of framing/construction I'd talk with them. Search the boards/google for more info on people who have done it, too.
In my case, it turned out that the weight was supported at each end of the wall, away from where I was working, so that made the job easier. I still put in a strong header just to be safe.
In case you're curious, a header transfers the weight above around the sides of the hole to the area beneath.