And when the first floor ceiling goes up, the second floor floors also go up. But let’s take one step back.
As mentioned earlier this week, we met with our contractors* over the weekend to firm things up, triple check the estimate and discuss any more demo that Scott and I could tackle ourselves (therefore, saving us even more money off the bottom line). During this meeting, we found out that an unplanned opening in their schedule had them starting work on our house this week – which was pretty incredible, since our last discussions had us planning for the end of the month.
Although they were able to start right now, it will still be several weeks before completion, as they’re handling our job between another – but we were 100% okay with that since it got them through our door sooner than later. On the list of contractor to-dos? Raise the 1st floor ceiling / level the second floor, drywall patching where we took down entire walls and ceilings, electrical / more drywall in the entryway and repairing a leaky roof access hatch.
But this post is all about our straight, wonderfully level first floor ceiling and second floor!
For the first half of this week, our home looked like that. It was noisy, messy and dusty – and we loved it! Because now? We (well, our team of contractors) took this 100-year-old-plus house and gave it a nice little facelift. Want to know how?
A-hem. Here goes:
Using hydraulic jacks, they were able to put temporary support beams in place to the outside of where the new permanent support beam would go on the first floor ceiling – directly between the living and dining rooms. (You can see the jack more clearly in the above second photo, and the floor-to-ceiling beams are supporting the weight of the second floor.) Over the course of two days, they slowly raised the roof – er, ceiling (you saw that one coming though, right?) – more than 2,” allowing them to put the permanent beam in place.
Above, you can see the new beam in place (see it all clean and shiny, there, dividing the living and dining?), which stretches the entire width of the room. It’s crazy to think that just a month ago, there was drywall boxing in a half-chimney, when now, the new beam will be supporting the second floor chimney (that’s here to stay!) and the first floor chimney remnants will be completely removed.
When all is said and done, the beam will be hidden by a soffit, the walls will be seamless from living to dining, and – jumping even further ahead – the entryway will lead into the living room under an arch (just like that on the second floor). And of course, all new drywall will be installed, too!
On an adorable side note, Mike (head honcho contractor) set aside these century old nails for us. When I lit up, he said, I thought you might like those. The funny thing is that I had saved one dirt-old nail from the entryway demo, but in a fit of this house is falling apart! (because yes, we’ve had those moments), I threw it away. Like an idiot. We don’t even have plans for them; we just simply thought they were cool. So, Mike, thank you!
There’s a lot of movement in this home with even more to come this weekend, when we’ll be picking up the sledgehammers again. We. Can’t. Wait.
*After receiving a few quotes and in-person meetings, we’re working with MRB Construction, and the verdict is in: Thumbs up.
PS… We assure you, no Jacks were harmed during demolition. He keeps me company in the studio during the day, but he can’t resist a good drop cloth while his mom documents.