Behind the Scenes: Beam Me Up Steve!

Everett’s Wish
March 23, 2021
Project Highlight 1
February 10, 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES: BEAM ME UP STEVE!

There’s more to opening up space than most people know. It can seem like a huge undertaking, but the dramatic change will be worthwhile. Here are three examples of how SGR carefully installs steel beam supports for a dramatically-improved use of space!

GREATER GREAT ROOM AND A NEW SUNROOM

The clients wanted to add extra depth to the existing great room to make it suited for their future needs. Adding 5’ to the existing great room made a world of difference to this project. We also added on a new sunroom across the back of the home.

BEAM MATERIAL ARRIVES. GO TIME!

THIS CRANE WILL MAKE THE 5000 POUND BEAM LOOK LIKE A TOOTHPICK

BOLTING BOARDS TO THE STEEL BEAM READYING IT FOR JOIST HANGERS

THIS CLIPPED CORNER ALLOWS FOR A PRECISE FIT UNDER THE ROOF

VERTICAL STEEL POSTS ADDED AT EACH END OF THE NEW BEAM

LARGER CONCRETE FOOTINGS AT BASE OF POSTS TO CARRY EXTRA WEIGHT OF THE BEAM, ROOF & NEW CEILING JOISTS

WIDE OPEN SPACES

The original floorplan in this home consisted of the kitchen, dining, and great room as separate spaces. After installing the new beams, the rooms were combined into one giant area!

Some of the challenges when installing the steel beam:

  • The combined weight of this 2900 lb beam and the truck that was carrying it was too heavy to park on the driveway. So, the beam was dropped off at the street.
  • The SGR crew used some good old fashion manual labor to get the beam from the street to the driveway using small but heavy-duty roller carts.
  • We then used a 2” steel pipe to roll the beam over the front step and onto the front sidewalk.
  • Thankfully, our clients had a double front door! We had to swing the beam over the landscaped beds on plywood to angle it into the home.
  • We have the ceiling joist and floor system above propped up so that the beam can be lifted into place. These temporary walls have a large portion of the home’s weight on them!
  • We lift this steel beam into place and attach three plywood LVL (laminated veneer lumber) beams to it.
  • When using crank-up lifting jacks, it’s important to lift the beam up evenly into the floor system above.
  • We build wood frames as a safety precaution should the lifting jack fail. Can’t be too careful!

CAPTURING MORE SQUARE FOOTAGE TO ADD TO THIS HOME!

If you have any questions or concerns about creating more open space in your home, let us know.
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