Well, the beam is up. I used 2 lvl's to span the 15 ft I needed. I've drywalled around it and it looks nice. Pictures soon! One end of the beam goes to the exterior wall, the other to the middle of the room. The end post (4x4 douglas fir) sits on a doubled sill plate. Under this is the basement. I looked in the basement and the post is sitting about 2-3 feet away from the main beam that supports the house. The post also falls on a floor joist. Should I give support to this area in the basement, or is the beam that is a couple feet away close enough to support the weight? There is a way I could simply add a little wall with 2x4 in the area to help frame out a rough in shower.
Also my house is old, and the floors are thick. Almost 6 inches, so its not like the end post is sitting on subfloor. Am I okay??