kitchen before image with microwave oven over range, maple cabinets with natural stained finish and two pendant lights hanging over the kitchen sink.

So begins the saga of our second story addition.

The first day of demolition, or D-day as Mike has casually been referring to it, a.k.a. the true beginning of our possible demise, is tentatively set for this Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013.

We are freaking the f out. This is huge people. HUGE. We are taking the roof off of our freaking house! It’s like cutting into the biggest cake you’ve ever cut into, where the heck do you put the knife?

Before demo we often wondered why the ceiling looked like it was caving in right here. During the investigation phase (ie talking to neighbors and youtubing a lot) we found out there used to be a beam here that was removed before us.


This is my kitchen, it’s messy. I. don’t. care. This is the cleanest you will see it for the next several months. This doesn’t bother me one bit. I’m over it. In fact, not having to keep everything neat/tidy/clean allthetime feels pretty liberating.

Take another look at my kitchen and focus in on that red arrow.

That little shadow is not a not a bad lighting issue or a crack in my lens or any other excuse you may help me come up with.

That little shadow represents the bain of my existence right now.

At some point, waaaaay before Mike and I lived in this house (because we’d like to think we would never have done such a thing and I’d like to think you wouldn’t either). A previous owner decided they didn’t like the beam that used to be there and they cut it out.

I think they used a steak knife.

a sawed off beam exposed during renovations.
The second story addition engineering plans has half of the weight from the addition resting on this spot – with the assumption that the beam still exists.

See that sawed off piece of wood, that’s the remnants of a structural beam. I wasn’t joking when I said they used a steak knife. Look at those jagged edges, what was that a chisel?



It spanned from wall to wall, where the cabinets are to the header above the sliding glass door. It dipped into the kitchen by a measly 10″ can you say shoulda been a soffit or a nice exposed beam?

If that’s the only surprise we find during this massive renovation I think I’ll survive.

We have to pull that stump out and put in a new beam because 1. The roof is unsupported, did you happen to notice the cracking in the beam and the 2×6 under the beam? No? Scroll up, it’s there. Imagine another Northridge quake…I predict a much bigger hole than the one we made. And 2. The new second floor connects to a girder truss that happens to rest on that beam.

Yay. Second story additions are fun.

So, what do you think? Are there any previous edits made in your house that make you shake your head?

before planning the second story addition this area of the ceiling was sagging and looked like it needed to be reinforced.
an opening in the drywall exposes the remnants of a structural beam that was removed by a previous owner.
Maybe I can convince Mike the granite and tile would look better in the trash…

Check out the finished kitchen after we completed the second story addition!


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