Extending a Second Level


Old 03-31-06, 09:15 PM
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Extending a Second Level

I'm considering extending a second floor down the roofline of my existing home. The home style is a 1 1/2 story - basically a rambler with a second floor (400 SF) over the bedroom end of the home. The first floor level sits on a 6 inch cement foundation using a post & beam construction on the older portion of the home. The first level has had extensive remodeling (we added 600 SF back in 2001) in recent years and we'd prefer not pull the ceiling (attached to bottom of rafters) out during the construction phase. We are really trying to eliminate/minimize any construction damage to the first floor remodel that has been done.

1st Question --> Is there a construction method available that might allow us to retain the first floor ceiling while the new second floor is put into place?

2nd Question --> What type of reinforcement might be necessary to support the new second floor given the current construction of the home (6 inch foundation, etc...)?

3rd Question --> Do you think an architect is necessary for this type of job to determine what structural reinforcement might be necessary for the new second level?
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Old 04-01-06, 07:42 AM
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Location: South Dakota
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You definetly want to contact a structural engineer or archi for this type of program you are suggesting. What you are proposing is a big job and it will have lots of twists and turns. There is not enough information here for us to really help you with the specifics, however, you have given us enough to know you need some engineering help. Good Luck

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