Getting exciting, after over a year of destruction and scratching round in dirt, we were actually adding things. First the wall then the beams!
First I cut holes periodically along the wall to accept the new beams at a level to match the new wall and proposed final floor heights we had calculated.
The other side was so easy it was like cheating, they just sat on the new support wall.
For the beams which fell in awkward places and above doors, we added a single oak beam running from front to back of the house and tied it to the concreted in beams. Because we couldn’t find a 10m long old oak beam in straight condition, I joined two together with what is called a Scarf Joint.
My one and only attempt at old worlde craftsmanship. Came out alright I think.
Beam running along
Just to give it a bit more support and strength we added some support posts midway along the run in compression with some bracing.
We repeated the idea in the last 1/3rd of the house but using concrete filled blocks to support the beams on.
In that segment we had to change some of the lintels as they had rotted out. Old oak was used for its long lasting qualities.
Some of the main wall was crumbling around a rusting wall tie so concrete was hurridly ladled in to shore it back together by removing the bad, making a form and filling the entire crumbling section with reinforced concrete.
Utility room to be, what a nice sign of progress.
Pip’s room got these reclaimed beams, which were original old oak. In retrospect they were a pain to work with as they were odd sizes and dimensions, and slightly twisted, but they were strong and too good to waste.
There, I’m all beamed out!