In preparation for pushing out a wall to enclose the future dining area, we installed an LVL (laminated veneer lumber) beam to support the load of the original roof. Obviously, a beam of that size requires some heavy duty framing below it.
|Hopefully this helps you visualize the scenario. There will also be |
reinforcement placed between the LVL beam and the added roof.
|The day began with tearing out the overhead drywall, insulation, ceiling joists, and old/no-longer-needed wiring and fixtures. Very happy to see the old kitchen light fixture go. It was not friendly to tall people.|
|A stack of three 2x4s and fireblocking was added under a previously unsupported (yikes!) overhead beam, see right side of photo. Stacks of 2x4s were also added to hold up the new LVL beam.|
It was completely dark by the time all this was finished, so the photos below are from this morning after some cleanup!
Some lag screws and perling need to be added, but the beam installation is basically done. The plan for next weekend is to frame the new exterior wall. Any volunteers? ;)