Had to look those terms up ... There are now 2 16' 2x4's running wall to
wall on the bottom truss member , and the gable bracing will be attached to
the nearly-vertical truss members at the center . We seldom get really high
winds down here in The Holler , but it'll be braced for it .
This is actually just the first step for our new home . I'll be adding to
both ends as we can fund it out of pocket , not going into debt for this .
Might not have shown , but the truss on the downhill end is a regular truss
, since a large part of that wall comes out later . My wife learned the term
"open concept" on one of those remodel shows , and thinks that's what she
wants for the "main living area" , ie the kitchen/dining/living rooms . Fine
with me , I'll build whatever she wants . Just might not be as quickly as
she thinks ...
Why? Have you cleared this with building inspectors? It needs to
carry the load of the end and racking forces.
Highly recommended, particularly if you're short on space. It sure
beats the cramped feeling of a lot of little rooms. Even in our
house, I'd prefer that there were no wall between the family room and
the kitchen. You do give up some cabinetry in an "open" kitchen,
Building inspector ? What's a building inspector ? I'm out in the woods in
north central Arkansas , we don't have building inspectors . This structure
is dsigned to be added to . And FWIW that end truss is a regular truss just
like the ones that span the 24 foot open space . Thus there is no need for a
load bearing wall under it - as long a it is integrated into the overall
truss system .
This room is 16 X24 , and will nearly quadruple our current living space -
right now we're living in a 25' camping trailer . As my wife says , it's a
great place for one person to live .
And you can do open with cabinets hanging from the ceiling , doesn't
impede the "flow" and yet helps define the different areas .
I mighta mentioned elsewhere that I've been in building trades for nearly
40 years , from floor mechanic to cabinet maker , and nearly everything in
between . I've seen a lot of stupid over the years , and learned from
other's mistakes ... Now I'm running a small machine/welding shop , kinda
trying to specialize in motorcycle/ATV stuff - but I don't turn down any
paying work that's within my capabilities .
They shouldn't be. You also need something to attach and support the
siding. You are siding this, right?
Yikes! That's about %10 of the size of my house. That's going to be
your whole house?
That's not "open concept". Cabinets break up the "sight line". If
she watches the "home improvement shows", people are ripping those
things out left and right to *open* up the rooms - make them look
larger than they are. If your house is that small, hanging cabinets in
the middle is as bad as putting up walls. If the rooms are large
enough, "open concept" is less attractive because of the loss of
So you've always had someone else telling you how to build and think
you can do everything yourself without input from others? Go for it.
A series of slurs and insults .
Ain't gonna get into a pissin' contest with you . I have experience and
know what I'm doing . What I don't know I learn . Now get offa mommies
computer and go back to your dolls .
Snag. Hey, guy! Long time, no talk.
I learned how to filter today on this new (to me) program. I blew
jonbanquer's head off. krw@dattt won't be far behind. I need to go
through and kill all the old trolls. I'm surprised you actually talk to
Post some pics soon. I want to see what you're up to.
I finally got my 36x40' containers/shop painted the dirt color here.
Mama took a baggie full of dirt, and they color matched it.
Sure made Mama happy after "encouraging" me to do it for two years.
There's a link in a following thread <titled house build photos> to a
photobucket page with a few shots of the truss system of our new house -
well , the first room anyway . I'll probably post some pics of the post
foundation and beam/joist system there too . Designed for easy expansion ,
which krw can't seem to wrap his head around . I just started
reading/posting here , kinda had a suspicion he was a troll . Just proved it
Oh , and all this is happening in Stone County Ar , left the oldest boy
and his spawn in our place in Memphis . Got a machine shop set up , and am
getting some business , it'll take time to build here because I'm "from off"
. Just bought an inverter machine and learned how to TIG .
And it sure is swell living out here in the woods . My deer stand is just
about a hundred yards from the house ... and I have game camera pics of
10-12 point whitetails visiting the area .
Another building inspector question. I don't think you can make code
with the exterior sheathing not fastened to the double plate. You might
make code if you could add a nailer at the top of the sheets, but I
don't think so.
Good point , and one that I need to address . I was thinking about anchoring
the wall to the floor framing when we dropped the sheathing down ... and
then I let the guy that was helping me talk me into running it sideways . I
should have insisted on vertical and alternating it up/down , which would
have done both . Not too late to reinforce that join though , I have some
strapping I can nail on the inside .
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