So the stairs are not done-done, but they are done enough that our building inspector can come back and check our work. That qualifies as done-ish, right? I’d say so!
Ryan and I spent last week working on providing proper head clearance for the stairs. Step one was removing the tongue and grove planks.
With the tongue and groove planks gone and the hardwood taken up from the closet, we were able to see exactly what we were working with. After taking measurements we figured out we only needed to notch the stairs 12″ toward the kitchen to have head clearance. Once we had a plan, we put in place temporary wall supports to carry the load while we did the demo/removing-part-of-the-closet-floor-and-support part.
With temporary support in place (we used 2×6’s just because we had extra, you could use 2x4s), we removed part of the floor joist and replaced support where necessary. Here is a peek from under the stairs with the floor joists trimmed and new support in place.
From this view, you can see where we notched the closet inward.
From the top of the stairs, you can’t barely see a difference, but it is pretty noticeable when walking down the stairs. It is a amazing how much difference 12 inches makes!
With that part done, we headed upstairs to close up the area in the closet. It almost feels like having a tiny bench in the closet. Sorry I have no picture from the closet, only from downstairs.
Of course, Bella supervised us the entire time….
We secured everything with joist hangers and brackets. It was probably over kill, but we would rather go ahead and go a little over board instead of having our building inspector point things out to us.
Another few things our building inspector will hopefully be excited about…
New beams in the kitchen! Unlike the first round of beams, these are actually structural and will help keep our kitchen ceiling from gradually sagging (more, it already sags). Wahoo! We are very lucky to have some pretty awesome friends who were willing to help with this task. I am useless on ladder and these suckers were H-E-A-V-Y! Thank you John, Wayne, Ron, and Steven for your help! I could not have held those above my head!!
For those wondering, my rustic beams will be going back up, but there is more work to do before that happens. Again, we have awesome friends willing to help! In fact, they were working on it this past Saturday, too. I will share progress soon! We have the best friends ever.
Frankly, I don’t have a lot of info about the beam raising progress but I get nervous just seeing people on ladders, even more so when they are holding heavy things! I just stayed out of the way. I didn’t even snap a picture! Blogger fail.