Hello, I just signed up here. I've been looking through deck building books and searching the net for solutions to the obstacles that I can see, and find out ones that I couldn't have imagined with my limited experience with building additions and such.
I grew up helping my dad every Saturday on our house. It sure was a fixer upper, but at about 17 years old we sold it looking nicer than ever. I helped with upstairs hardwood floor restoration to ceiling installations and bathroom remodeling. I have a good knack at handy work cause of it. Now I'm on my own and wanting to build something completely over my head at the moment, a structurally sound loft addition.
(my set up)
I have a 17x33 ft room that I am renovating for living. I have 14 ft ceilings on one end and 15 ft on the other, length wise. The floor is regular basement type concrete. I have one 17ft wall adjoined to the 33ft wall made of a studded drywall wall. The other (33ft and 17 ft wall)is made of regular old brick. The door is regular 80 inch and located on the 33ft stud wall 3 ft from the corner.
I want to build 7ft bottom clearance lofts on either end spanning the width of the room. The floor dimensions will be 8x17 on either side. Ladders will be used to get up. I will be using 2x8s for the floor joists and 4x4s for the posts. I am trying to keep it structurally sound and maximize the top clearance as much as possible.
I want to have the joists/frame of the loft floor anchored straight to the stud wall and brick wall. I want to anchor 3 posts to the floor at the open end of the loft with one at either end and one in the center. I want to use the actual frame/joist as the supporting beam to maximize the clearance, instead of using an exclusive beam below the floor frame which would add an extra 8 inches to the height of the loft floor.
-I don't know the proper way to anchor something of this mass into brick or the tools and hardware needed.
-I don't know the proper way to anchor the beams to the floor or the tools and hardware needed.
-I don't know how much omitting the exclusive beam support will effect the structure's integrity.
If anyone can help me or give me a good specific resource to getting this info, I'd be very thankful.