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Posted by Bill on November 29th, 2001 03:13 PM
In reply to building a second floor . by Jimi campbell on November 29th, 2001 12:55 AM [Go to top of thread]

From your description, the project is far to complex to be addressed through a bulletin board posting. This type of design requires the services of a professional engineer (civil or structural) and/or an architect.

The sizing of floor and ceiling joists requires information regarding the spans, bearing wall locations, loadings, etc. Even the rafters probably need to strengthed to support a new ceiling.

When adding a second story, the foundation typically must be strengthened to take the increased load and the lateral load resisting system for the overall structure (e.g., shear walls, tie-downs, bracing, etc.) must be upgraded.

Check with your local building department for permit requirements - in my area, you must have plans signed by an engineer or architect for major additions or remodels.

(A professional engineer in California)

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