This was obviously a major task to say the least. The beam is 30 feet long, and spans 27 feet across the room. Brian had to -
*Take down all walls
*dig footer under the house
*reinforce the walls/add a pillar under the house
*add a header above the hallway entrance
*reinforce the walls under the header
*re-work all the electrical in the entire open space
*wire up and install overhead lighting in open space
*pass building and electrical inspections
ok - if you're at all familiar with building, that list is a heavy one! Literally, as the beam was 700lbs. Thanks to a group of might men for lifting that into place while Brian tied it in to the joists. He was able to accomplish all this in 2 weekends, 1 day off from regular work, and 9 evenings. That's...really incredible. Certain things, like the electrical ended being more complicated than normal, because the house was originally wired very strangely.
We came home to this!
|Leaving the house on Friday morning|
|Coming home at 2pm|
|Leaving house at 4:30pm! Massive improvement in one day!|
So we've purchased all the finishes, it's now just a matter of installation, after the walls & ceiling are done (which should be Monday/tomorrow). First will come ceiling paint, then trim, then walls, then flooring, then kitchen! Then were done!! Easy, right?! Haha!!
|We choose Lazy Gray and Serious Gray from Sherwin Williams - most of the house will be Lazy Gray - Serious Gray we didn't get much of, and will likely only be the hallway.|
|Colour of cabinets|
|Colour of flooring. It's pre-finished solid oak, and the stain is called Kona. It's not as dark as the darkest - but pretty dark.|