This was the downstairs before the post was removed and the beam was raised and replaced.
Here are the temporary walls Mark had to build before the beam could be removed to make sure the joists didn't fall down. To be clear, that isn't Mark in the picture but his awesome friend who came to help. He and Mark get a lot of work done together and talk just as much ;) It's fairly impressive.
Here they are again cranking the lifts on either end of the massive beam.
Here is another view of the joists cut and the beam placement.
And Voila!! Since we increased the quality of the beam (it was the same size as we had before), we were able to remove the post that was in the middle of the floor.
Here is Shane walking the plank!
Basically the same process was done upstairs too. Mark built two more temporary walls to support the rafters.
Then the rafter were raised up and connected to the beam. Wow!! It makes such a huge difference.