Quick!! Someone give me a concrete saw, a jackhammer, and a willing nephew or two!"
(Jackson Paterno, take your bow now.)
All too often light is overlooked as part of the design. I wanted to fill this space with light. The wall separating the stairwell from the living room made the place feel smaller than it was was. It cut right down the middle of the house. Why was that wall even there? Supposedly, it was thought to be load bearing back in the day, but the layout was all wrong for that. I dont know. Anyhow, it had to go, but I wanted to do it safely. I went to some engineering experts, Silman Associates. Victor Dragonoff helped me transform my vision into reality with the calculations and permit drawings to execute my post and beam solution.
Enter Jackson Paterno...ONE OF...my favorite nephews. There are 15 of them, by the way.
Now for the footings...and another favorite nephew.