| urgent ..pls help -construction question
| My friend is buying a home in the SF Bay Area, California.
| It is a stucco house, I believe. The chimney is brick.
| So there are 2 issues
| 1. can we remove the chimney completely
If it's not needed, then there wouldn't seem to be any reason keep it.
| 2. can we flatten the tile roof on top of family room and build
| varendah on it ?
Yup - but this should be discussed in detail with an architect or
structural engineer before you touch the first tile. I'm pretty sure
that it'll need to meet earthquake criteria no matter where you are in
the bay area.
| Is this possible ?
| and what would be the costs ?
| any complications ?
I would think that "earthquake-proof" will be all the complication
| any issues that I should be aware of ?
Building codes - both state and local.
| I know it is difficult to comment without seeing the home...but if
| you can pls give us your input it would be very highly appreciated.
You're invited to take the above with a grain of salt - all except the
part about getting expert help - since I live a thousand miles away,
haven't ever seen the house/site, and have almost no knowledge of your
city, county, or state building codes or law.
DeSoto, Iowa USA