|The rail around the landing at the top of the stairs.|
|The rail around the deck. It is good not to have to worry about getting too close to the edge!|
|The rail as seen from the ground. I am quite pleased with how it turned out. Now I can also see that the concrete needs to be pressure cleaned and painted. It's always something!|
|The set up for pulling the 8x8 inch x 10ft posts up to the main level. There is the post at the foot of the "ramp".|
|Dennis, Derwin, and Tiger get the rope fixed to one end of the post.|
|Richard and Paschal hoisting the post up the ramp with ropes.|
|Paschal and Derwin moving the second of the four posts. These posts are of Santa Maria tropical hardwood that is native to Belize. It is similar to white oak in weight but is nearly as hard as maple.|
|The posts that will be positioned at opposite walls. They had to be cut at an angle due the walls not being parallel.|
|The end of the post was shaped so that it fits over the floor joists and rests on the concrete column below. Here the guys are lifting it into place.|
|The 3 central pieces of the beam rest on a tongue in the post.|
It took several days for the 4 posts to be shaped, fitted into place, and secured once they were plumb. Then came the construction of the beam that rests on the 4 posts, spanning the addition from front to back. The 25 ft long beam is made of 5 layers of wood. The 3 central layers are 2x10 inch Santa Maria and each outer layer is 2x12 inch Santa Maria. The 3 central pieces were installed first.
|The top of the beam is level with the top of the walls.|
|The outer layer of Santa Maria has been installed on the beam.|
|The outer layer of the Santa Maria is getting a smooth finish since it will be exposed in the finished room.|
|This side of the beam is awaiting the final layer of Santa Maria. Here you can see the tongue that central layers rest on with the outer layer on the far side being 2 inches wider and covering the tongue.|
Next up will be the construction and installation of the roof trusses which is currently in progress.