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Old 05-11-2014, 07:45 PM   #16
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Did you take a photo of the attic? The age of the house suggests the possibility that there are full spam roof trusses----in that case the 'beam' is just decorative--

What does the roof structure look like?

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Old 05-11-2014, 09:31 PM   #17
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We have not actually been to see the house yet; hopefully this week. Definitely will take y'alls advice about consulting a pro before doing anything, and will talk to my agent about inspectors/engineers.

The listing says it got a new roof this year as well. What is a spam roof truss? Does that mean the beam may only be decorative but the posts are not? (Obviously no one here can tell me for sure; just enjoying the speculation.)
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Old 05-11-2014, 10:51 PM   #18
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spam roof. probably a typo. should be span.

Which means the trusses span fully across the entire space in the attic.

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Old 05-12-2014, 06:08 AM   #19
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Ahhh, that explains why google was no help, lol!

This is the only shot of the roof I have right now.



Would a span roof mean it's more likely to be aesthetic than functional?
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:16 AM   #20
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Look up 'roof truss' or 'web truss'----

That house has a hip roof---I doubt if it has trusses---carpenter built (stick built) is most likely---

There are ways to add a beam inside the attic to support the ceiling--

The house looks nice--I hope it works out for you---
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:39 AM   #21
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:37 AM   #22
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Definitely will take y'alls advice about consulting a pro before doing anything...
One more time: The safe assumption is that if the previous owners could have installed a support beam instead of using columns -- at anything close to practical cost for the effect-- they would have done exactly that rather than compromising the "open plan" scheme with columns.

Going back behind them and their work NOW will cost even more.
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One more time: The safe assumption is that if the previous owners could have installed a support beam instead of using columns -- at anything close to practical cost for the effect-- they would have done exactly that rather than compromising the "open plan" scheme with columns.

Going back behind them and their work NOW will cost even more.
I appreciate your insight.

If it were you, and this was the only property in your price range that met all your criteria, would you make yourself live with it, or consult someone to possibly change a feature you did not like that may also turn off future potential buyers?
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If it were you, and this was the only property in your price range that met all your criteria, would you make yourself live with it...
Whaddaya mean "live with it" ??

Unless you intend to conduct ballroom dancing there you shouldn't need an uninterrupted floor in order to gain the value of the light and air removing (most of) the wall allows for.

Everyone else will arrange their furniture and utilize the columns to make the functional groupings (LR vs DR etc) that most homes will still want/need to have even without those walls.

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Meh. Life is all about compromise.
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I may not be ballroom dancing in there, but my kids might.

Clearly, you would leave the posts be. Your opinion on the aesthetics of the situation have been noted and filed. Thanks for your contribution.
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:36 PM   #26
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As for me I still think that the columns are blocking the area too much.

It is all about the "Benjamins" though. It is up to the current owner to decide if they want to spend em, or save em.

So after you get an appraisal as to how many it costs and decide what you want to do. I am still interested to know what became of this.
Edit: I almost forgot to add that looks like a great place to settle and raise your growing family. Congratulations on the soon to be new addition.


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Thank you

I will be sure to update how it all turns out.
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i would get rid of them. you will like the place more, and it will add value.
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Yeah.... I'd come up with a plan to get rid of those posts.......... and that yellow wall surrounding the fire place too.
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i would get rid of them. you will like the place more, and it will add value.
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Yeah.... I'd come up with a plan to get rid of those posts.......... and that yellow wall surrounding the fire place too.
Unfortunately, the yellow wall IS the fireplace; they just painted the brick. There is a sunroom directly behind it too.

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