And the back screened porch area was back-filled with stone.
Once the prep work was done, the floor joists were carefully laid.
One of the trickiest parts of adding new living space to an old structure is ensuring that the floors will be completely level from the existing structure to the new structure. If the new construction is done correctly, there will not be an obvious transition from the old to new (step down or step up). This was really important to us, and as you can see the joists passed the "level" test with flying colors:
The beam above the back future screened porch was large and unweildy:
But careful measuring and planning ensured that it fitted directly into place..the first time!
Here's a few shots from inside looking out.
Here's a shot of the framed-in bay window opening in the kitchen, looking out over the water.
And the bay window that will be set in place on a future date:
All in all, great weather for December in Virginia, and that allowed for lots of progress.