Building loft in garage

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Old 11-16-15, 03:04 PM
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Building loft in garage

So I'd liked to build a overheard storage / loft in my garage. I was hoping something along the size of 11x8 feet and about 7-8 feet off the ground.

I was going to tie it into the existing structure but after speaking to my brother who is an architect assistant he sees a fee issue that may make it more difficult than I thought. One being that the one wall I was going to put my ledger board on appears to be cantilevered. 2nd with my Bedroom above and not being able to see clearly due to drywall there might be some issues attaching it to the beams above and load once its filled with my stuff..

So he suggested maybe building it as a platform off the ground not attached to the house as a free standing structure. Then I can build it as strong as I want to support whatever load.

Couple issue I foresee with this. I was thinking maybe I could use deck blocks. But I think there are height restrictions with these no? Plus my garage slopes towards the middle making the leveling of the blocks likely problematic.

What about using something like post brackets? drill a hole into the concrete, put a post bracket in with some PL and then build it off the 4 post?
 
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Old 11-16-15, 03:23 PM
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Pictures of the area would be helpful. Your post talks the about placing the loft "in the garage" and later "not attached to the house". Is the garage under the house?
 
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Old 11-16-15, 05:57 PM
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No the garage is attached to the house at ground level but is fairly high with my bedroom on top of it.
 
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Old 11-16-15, 06:08 PM
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Just not enough info.
Need those pictures.
We have no idea if you have trusses.
Why not use new joist approved for the spans on top of the walls?
 
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Old 11-17-15, 01:45 PM
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https://www.dropbox.com/s/7udcgl892z...7_Pro.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7mmzz430ch...3_Pro.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/wnhn5gboez...8_Pro.jpg?dl=0

There is no trusses because there is a room on top of my garage. Its drywalled and insulated. I'm likely going to pull the ceiling down next year and spray foam the floor

My masterbedroom (is above the garage) floor is framed with joist that are 2x6's then theres a 12 in gap and some 2x4s frame below it with the drywall attached to it.
 
 

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