All windows, no walls
|Here is a stud trying to justify a reason to cool down.|
|First beam going in.|
Pardon me, Janna, for a short interruption. Brett was kind to leave out the part that when I heard about this decision to put in a cased opening, I distracted the team for about 30 minutes with a conversation about why we had to do this. I really envisioned just two levels - the ceiling in the living room and then the ceiling in the kitchen/dining. They finally convinced me that it was not going to look smooth because the current ceilings weren't level. From the living to kitchen it will look just fine, but in the photo below, you see about six inches that we'll need to trim out. What took the guys about two minutes to discuss and decide, took me an additional 30 to get behind the decision. I'm sure this is one of many plans that will have to be adjusted or changed as we go. So I need to get used to it. Brett will probably conveniently forget to tell me when the crew is going to be there working the next time. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming...
|View from back door.|
|Finished product. Beams in, ceiling support in foyer raised to meet the higher ceilings.|
We saved every board, stud and tree that was removed during demo. This one (pic below) is an 8x8 square post that essentially had a 4x4 hand carved out of it because of how the old wall boards attached to it. One of the guys estimated that we might have pulled a couple thousand dollars of antique wood from the house in just this one days work.
|This was the tree that was removed from the load bearing wall. Side note: it, or some of its brothers, may end up being a fireplace mantle in the future.|
Brooks was working on an important job outside while the beam work was going on inside. If you recall our little honey bee problem, I decided to mix a couple of pesticides in some white barn/fence paint in attempt to mask the pheromone ('scent' for all you Auburn grads) that was attracting the bees back to this same location in our wall year after year. Brooks was my chief pesticide paint applicator on the back side of all siding boards and the inside wall cavity. I should also mention that we don't have wifi at the "new house". He was a big help.
|Front Exterior Wall with cocktail of pesticide laced paint to hopefully keep the bees from coming back.|