I have a 1904 Victorian home with a front porch that sits at one corner of the house. Above the porch is a small balcony. The balcony and a portion of the room behind the balcony form the ceiling of the front porch. Two corners of the porch have columns with the appearance of providing structural support to the balcony. I say "appearance" because both columns rotted through the porch floor. I then discovered that the columns were sitting directly on the floor without any structural support underneath. Before removing the columns I provided some structural support beneath the porch ceiling soffit.
The balcony is covered by tile and I am reluctant to tear it up. However, I am perplexed by what is holding up the porch. At first I believed it was beams extending out from the house as a cantilevered support. I can find no evidence of that. Where the posts were there is only some 3"x 2" framing. Reaching through the hole I can not find any evidence of the floor joists supporting the second story continuing through the porch ceiling either.
Does any one know how a second story balcony, on a home built in 1904, may have been constructed?
Trevor L Bryant
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