*Note* See previous the previous post on this project here.

A couple of weeks ago, I visited the Fink Residence to check on progress and see how the homeowners were holding up.  Things were looking good; the exterior walls have been completed (minus siding), and some interior structural work had been done, too.  The next step is to remove the former exterior wall and insert a beam to hold up the old roof structure.  Some pictures, for your enjoyment:

In these first few, you can see the plastic wall that's keeping the homeowners warm and dust-free.  First, the view from the existing kitchen:

Next, looking from the old screened-in porch back towards the kitchen.  You can see the kitchen wall, ceiling, and floor peeking out around the plastic.  The homeowners say the plastic is working, and the house has been dust-free up to this point.  In this view, you can see where the new wall runs outside the old one (which will be removed soon).  You can also get a view of the beam in the ceiling where the old ceiling and roof framing tie into the new framing.

Below, I'm standing next to the plastic wall, looking at the wall of windows opening out onto the deck.  The wall to the right will house an entertainment center.

Below, I annotated a photo of the new roof/ceiling structure to show some of the complexities that went into making this work.  The view is a close-up of the area above the window in the previous photo.

In this next shot, you can see the space between the old exterior wall and the new one.  The next step will be to remove the plastic and the old exterior wall to create one large, open space.

Before that wall can be completely removed, however, a beam will have to take its place.  Here, you can see where two beams come together.  The one on the left (let's call it beam #1) is holding up the old porch roof.  The one on the right (beam #2) is holding up the end of beam #1, and runs from a new post hidden inside an interior wall out to a post inside the new exterior wall.  The next beam (beam #3) will hold up the old kitchen roof, spanning from the other side of beam #2 across to the other side of the kitchen.  Once it's in, the old exterior wall can be safely removed, since it won't be holding anything up anymore.

Here, I'm standing in the space between the old and new exterior walls.  The addition pushes the kitchen out four feet.

Finally, a view from the exterior.  

More updates to come!

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