After Jim did all the prep work, it was time for the beam installation. We received the 2 23-ft. long 7-1/4″ x 1-3/4″ laminated veneer lumber (LVL) beams a few day before the install.
They stretched all the way across the family room floor and part way into the kitchen – we ended up hopscotching around them for a few days!
Our guys Tim and Ryan showed up on Valentine’s Day to begin the job. Here’s a before picture:
Jim had to cover up our existing cabinets to protect them from the dust and flying concrete debris:
Tim and Ryan installed a dust barrier between the kitchen/den and the family room:
The support for the dust barrier also served as one of the two temporary walls that were necessary to hold up our roof until the new beams could be installed.
The guys then constructed the second temporary wall:
After the temporary walls were up, Tim and Ryan began demoing the lintels. They started off with a power saw – the dust and sparks were flying!
After the initial saw cuts, the guys went after the rest with sledge hammers. By the end of the day, the 2 lintels were down, and there was a pile of rubble on the floor.
On day 2, there was no more flying concrete debris, so Jim was happy to get up close and observe the work in progress.
Here’s a look at the narrow area between the two temporary walls where the new beams are going to be placed.
I had to take K to school and run a couple of errands – I missed seeing them raise the new beams into position (drat)!
The guys had to install the four 4×4 posts that will hold up the beams. The middle two will frame each end of a kitchen island.
After the four posts were in, there was some strapping to be done to secure the new beams to the roof trusses. After a little cleanup, the guys were done – another fine job by Nelson Construction!
Getting the load bearing walls down lets us continue to peck away at our kitchen renovation. I’ll post more updates as we go.