We probably uttered those words an annoying number of times to our contractor when we were getting the wall taken down between the kitchen and dining room. If you don't remember, we have these amazing coved ceilings in our main living area and if our contractor wasn't careful, he could have completely ruined it along the wall that he was taking down. We knew it was a huge risk, but after mentioning (for the millionth time) that we really didn't want to lose the cove, we finally felt that our contractor got it.
Our contrator ended up doing a great job. we did lose some plaster in some areas and had a few cracks but overall the cove was completely intact after the beam was in. The only semi-issue was that some plaster fell off the back of the lath leaving a gap between the beam and the wall of the cove. This meant that if we didn't fill in behind it, if it ever got hit, there would be nothing to support it and it would collapse = bad news. We considered filling behind it with thin wall board but we didn't think we could get it up in the gap with out cracking the remaining plaster. Plus, Nate had a much better/easier idea and so we decided to try that one.
We picked up some low-expanding spray foam and Nate simply sprayed the foam up into the gap. He let it dry for the day and as it dried, it expanded up and down but didn't push out the wall.
Once it was dry, he trimmed off the excess foam so that it was level with the beam.
Then drywall went up on the kitchen side of the beam and the bottom of the beam as well as as the remaining exposed support post.
Then using the same method as we used previously, Nate plastered all of the corners.
After everything was done, you would never be able to tell we had a gap between the wall and the new beam. The corner is also solid so we don't have to worry about something crushing the plaster. The best part is that we got to keep the cove and you would never be able to tell that we did anything anywhere near the cove.
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