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Framing for new Exterior Door with Transom

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Hi all,

I am working through construction documents for a new wood frame town home and am currently working on exterior details.
I have an 8'-0" X 3'-6" custom door with a 1'-6" high fixed transom window above the door: this is a non-load bearing wall, and I would like to make the header as minimal as possible. Given this is a non-loading bearing wall (entry door) couldn't I flat stack two 2x4s for the header?
I dont have the room for two 2x6s.
What are your thoughts?

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Actually the door and transom window is under a covered entry (second floor) so I have 14" deep IJ over the door and window. The window will butt up directly under the IJ and soffit, and then the door under the 1'-6" window. Im trying to place two 2x4s flat, between the door and window.
My IJs are running across the door opening, not perpendicular so I think a doubled IJ at that location or the 4 1/2" header. The other consideration is a mulled together door and transom but I think we will have a custom door with a transom window above the custom door.
I have +/- 9'-5 1/4" from top of finished floor to bottom of soffit, so I think what Ill have to do is make the door 7'-6" and put three 2x4s so that I can still have an 18" transom.
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