I have this drawing for open up the living room wall. The architect is proposing a 5-1/4x16"x16' lvl beam with 5-1/4"x7-1/4" column on each side and adding 2x8" blocking btw. joists to support column but would not explain anything.
what is 2x8 blocking referring to?
structure that prevents the joists from twisting, a solid piece of wood, often the same material as the joists themselves, is installed perpendicular to the joists without any gaps (e.g. I joists would use a piece of I joist for blocking)
or additional vertical members (2x4's) to carry the load from the beam up to another load bearing object above the floor (e.g. a new column)
if it's the later, what's benefit using the block to support the column? wouldn't be better for the column to go straight down through the subfloor and rest directly on the existing beam?