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Old 04-26-2012, 02:05 PM   #16
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view this episode of Holmes on Homesl
Tried this link and couldn't get any of the videos - pity, because they sound interesting.

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Old 04-26-2012, 02:19 PM   #17
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Tried this link and couldn't get any of the videos - pity, because they sound interesting.
Huh. I just tried the link and it worked (you're first subjected to a 30 second commercial). You might want to try with another browser or even another computer. The jist of it is that a couple hires a contractor to turn part of their trussed roof into an extra bedroom. The contractor, after considerable expense, creates a partial and structurally unsound mess of a room. The guy in the overalls (I said in another thread I wouldn't mention his name again ) ends up having to cut open half the roof, restructure it using massive PSL beams that have to be lowered in by crane. He ultimately creates a pretty impressive bedroom. I have to guess the whole operation was in the $80K-$100K range, which is insane for an extra bedroom (and this was repeatedly said throughout the show). Thus, my words of caution to the OP.
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I'm new to the forums so I hope I'm not stepping on any toes, but per section R802.10.4 of the 2009 International Residential Code (basis for most state building codes) truss members shall not be cut, notched, drilled, spliced or otherwise altered in any way without the approval of a registered design professional. This means get a professional engineer.
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Tom....what part of the country are you in? (helps to put that in your profile).

I have to side with the Garage idea as well. No reason you can't go 2-story like I did.
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@GBrackins, Thanks for the reference! I knew it had to be in there somewhere.

@ddawg, I am in the Tampa Bay area. No worries about snow here, but definately winds.

Thanks everyone for the continual stream of good advice, suggestions, cautions, etc.
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you're welcomed, a professional engineer could re-design your W truss into an attic room truss. I would check with the local building department and ask them if they know of a professional engineer that specializes in residential construction. Not all professional engineers do this sort of work.
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and I believe you are in a 120 mph basic wind speed zone. there will be quite a bit of lateral load from that depending on the wind exposure category (depending on how close to the gulf you are).
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I doubt very much you have any added bearing for the interior room walls below the attic other than standard framing for a truss roof. If the trusses span exterior-to-exterior, there would be no need/with added cost for the builder to install such. Consult a S.E. as many have said. Let us know the outcome!

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