08:58AM | 01/29/05
Member Since: 01/28/05
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I want to enclose the second stroy of a two story foyer, adding an office. Do I need an architect or engineer to check the current construction to determine if it is okay to do this?

Also, can someone direct me to a how-to resource on doing this myself?


07:39PM | 01/29/05
Member Since: 11/27/04
172 lifetime posts
a two story foyer with the top half to be a new room... correct..

you could use an engineer if you have no experience in adding a room in mid air. you will have to open up the drywall to see where the rim joists are to see where to lag bolt in a new rim joist ,on which you add joist hangers and then joists of 2" by 10". now depending on how long or wide the span and the existance of rim joists, you may have to open the rim joist and push the new joists in next to the origionals. if you have no rim joist in the area, then it gets to be a little bit more complicated.

maybe contact some builders to give a quote on putting in a floor deck that you can later finish the rest of the construction like drywall/paint. plus if its going to be an office you will need a new electrical circuit run to the new room and phone/cable.

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