To create an open plan, we needed to remove masonry walls and install steel beams. Rather than lowering ceilings to hide the structure, we used the beams to create tall coffered ceilings.
The site was small so we added outdoor space on the roof by raising the parapet wall, creating a cornice that visually ties the home in with its historic neighbors. The roof deck offers views of downtown and is used year-round.
A few BEFORE PICTURES to see what we started with: