Here is a simple image of the stair configuration we hope to achieve. You will walk down the stairs along the exterior wall and then turn right. You actually end up walking under the kitchen counter, allowing us to save some valuable square footage. The landing will extend under the rest of the stair, at the correct height for a desk or other work area.
Continuing the images that Denise posted the other day, here is the hole. The subfloor was cut out with a circular saw, none of those support pieces of wood have been put in yet.
This past Saturday, we put in the necessary beams and columns to frame out the hole, allowing the floor joists to be cut. There is one large beam at the top of the 'L', 6x10 PSL. 3 additional medium size pieces, 4x8s frame out
the rest of the hole. A wood column is in the corner. It's temporary, as I'd like to replace it with a more slender steel piece in the future. This is the almost finished hole.