|New Steel Beam with a mix of old/new joists tying into it|
|How many guys does it take to get a steel beam into an old house?|
|New LVL and steel beams installed in ceiling for additional structural stability|
Finally, I wanted to make sure we incorporated the original 1906 Soule-Willard signature, that we found on one of the original studs.
To provide a venue for the sign, we decided to take the reclaimed lumber (that we saved from the second floor), and wrap the new, load bearing beams. The signature will be the last thing we install, after all the painting is done.
It took the talented Waterhouse Builders team two full weeks to do the detailed carpentry required to finish the ceiling. We joked that they needed neck massages at the end of each day, since they spent the majority of the day looking up!
|Don't you love how the reclaimed lumber gives character to the ceiling?|
And look how amazing it looks now! We need to do a bit more sanding, but once the woodwork is painted white, it will really stand out against the reclaimed wood that's been added to the beams.
|All the old brown beams will be painted a crisp white|
So, after all this work, what do you think? Was it worth it?