After: A 48-square-foot addition on the back corner of this brick home created a larger rectangular space for the kitchen. The project required removing the first-story structural brick wall in the inside corner and supporting the second story with steel beams.
After: Note the boxed-out column at the right rear of the new refrigerator, which encloses a lally column positioned where the original exterior wall used to be.
A pair of steel channels bolted back-to-back support the load-bearing double-wythe brick wall above. Angles welded to the channels provide a lip for the brick to rest on.