Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Structural Issues Around Stairs

Just what I wanted right?  So, after the demo I realize that the entire center of the house is held up by a 1x which headers off the stairs

Birds eye view of 2nd floor joists. 1x in pink, carrying the load of the entire middle of the house.

Its more awesome than I can handle right now. I just spent about four hours on the phone with one of my best friends (and fellow engineer) deliberating on this subject.  There are no easy solutions. The house has been standing for over 100 years as is. Should I get into fixing this issue (and potentially introducing many more problems by temporarily supporting the house while I sister all the joists, install LVL or I-beam, and try to transfer loads to the party walls?)

Another view, birds eye but from the over top of the kitchen.
 Basically, I'm screwed.

There is so much more to type on this subject, but hopefully the drawings I made say it all.

Do I invest all the time and energy to and attempt to fix something that basically can't be fixed?
Or do I move forward with the renovation and pretend I never saw the most filthy thing I have ever seen in my life?

Ah, the joys of owning a poorly built house!

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