Saving a ceiling beam

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Saving a ceiling beam

Uploaded Sep 1, 2013
By ServiceLane
Featuring Black Creek Builders,
Oakland, CA

In order to maximize the view, the entire west wall of the living room is floor-to-ceiling glass. The main wooden beam connected to the glass and supporting the 15-foot-high roofline was rotting. Because the beam runs along the entire length of the house, inside and outside, it would have been cost prohibitive to replace it. So, together with architect Andrew Lee and engineer Larry Wong, we designed, custom-fabricated, and installed a highly specialized solution involving a steel plate wrapped in wood -- a surgical strategy, like healing a broken bone with a metal rod.

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