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Old 03-24-2011, 04:02 PM   #1
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Can a beam help here?


I am contemplating building a small loft over a portion of my single story home. I would like to build it so that the structure rests primarily over the master bedroom, and the two rooms that sandwich around the master bedroom, as shown here in the drawing. I see that the proportions are almost perfect for a rectangular structure that is built directly over the three rooms. Except - that the master does not have a supporting wall in the right where I want one to be.

So, can a beam be employed here? I have done some simple research on LVL beams, and they seem to be about 11" or so, which would hang down a bit too much considering I have 8' ceilings. Is there another way to do it? Eventually I would get an engineer, but I was wanting to know beforehand what are the options I have for this. The joists run top to bottom in the plan.




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Old 03-24-2011, 05:26 PM   #2
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Unless I'm misunderstanding, you should not need a beam. If your ceiling joists are running top to bottom then your center wall is likely bearing.

The question would be are the ceiling joists appropriate to build above.

That being said, there are ways to conceal a beam in the ceiling in most situations.


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Old 03-24-2011, 05:50 PM   #3
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If you DO need a beam, how about a steel one?
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