The wall between the living room, kitchen and dining room is a supporting wall, so we had to bring in an engineer to figure out if we could remove it. He took some measurements and came back with a few options. We decided to go with a sixteen foot beam consisting of three 2x14s to span across the gap and reinforce the support for the floor above.
It took a few extra hands to get the beam in place, but before that happened we had to build two temporary walls that would take the weight off of the supporting wall so that it could be removed.
Once the two walls were up, we got the first beam in place, glued the second one, and then glued the third one.
Then the fun began with the nail gun. 😉
I left before it was finished so I’ll have to take some more pictures tomorrow and update this post to show it off.
Here’s the picture of the beam after the temporary walls were removed.