Re: Flush header
A header of any kind is not possible where there is not enough clearance for a properly sized structural member, such as along an eve edge of the roof. If your door is on a gable end, then it may be possible to install a flush header, depending on how your home is constructed.
If you don't think you're getting accurate information from contractors, then have your architect friend over to assess the situation. If they're a really good friend, then they may be willing to draw up the plans for such a modification at a reduced rate or in trade for dinner or something of that nature.
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