This is like some sort of secret handshake you guys have. I've gotta watch this movie. I feel left out
I'm a little behind on my pictures, but I'll spare you guys all of the gruesome details and just post the high points. They finished putting in the floor joists, and actually put in the new 18" beam and finished the decking yesterday. This pic is probably a little boring for everyone else, but I was pretty excited to be able to walk around the first floor and get a feel for what the house will be like.
Here's a picture of the replacement beam being set. My dad was there for this part, and he said it gave them fits trying to wrestle the thing into place.
Here's another picture after the decking was installed from in the theater. Notice how thick that beam is
Both the framer and our contractor said they don't remember seeing a house with as many laminated and doubled beams as this one. I don't know if that's a good thing or not
You can see in that picture alone there is another doubled up I-joist as well as another laminated beam to the right.
And here's a (bad) picture of the doorway into the theater after they reworked the wall to open the area back up. I think we made the right decision here, it feels much less cramped now. Even our contractor didn't care for the way they had it, and I think he would have made them change it even if I hadn't noticed it.
So there you have it, that's the current progress! We're hoping for good weather next week so that we can get a lot done!
Hope everyone has a great Christmas tomorrow!