The beams are 2 x 12’s so that the living room floor is solid. Ellen used figures from a building engineering book to design the upstairs floor bearing weight to be the same standard as a first floor or 40 lbs per square foot. The old front door was moved to the front of the addition for some years until it was moved to the garage. The door opening in this photo now leads to the front downstairs bedroom, which was first the living room then the parent’s bedroom (Bret was born there), then Clare’s and then Bret’s bedroom. Dave and Ellen bought the stainless steel kitchen appliances that are sitting outside in the background for $200 at a Bloomington auction.