We stayed at my brother's house (thank you thank you thank you!) for three days while my sister-in-law's father came and put up some supports for our ceiling.
The main rooms seem so much larger now! In our largest room they ended up raising it SEVEN inches. You can totally feel the difference.
Here are some in progress pictures as well as the finished beams and posts. Now for painting and wallpapering (and it is wallpaper currently, not contact paper like we hoped April!) Ignore the disaster that is our clutter and furniture moved away from the walls.
The small living room