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Old 06-25-2010, 09:58 PM   #1
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My son is building a new house and wants an open floor plan, so he has the builder installing a beam that spans the living room and makes the kitchen and dinind room open to the living room. The problem is he just wlaked under the beam and has only 4 to 5 inches clearance and that is before the drywall is added and before any flooring/carpet goes down. What can be done before the second floor is added next week and it will be too late to do anything but duck the beam.

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How tall is your son ?
What is the measured clearance ?
This should have been taken care of before the beam was installed

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Guess that who ever is building the home is not following the plans that the architect drew up. This would also have to pass inspection by the local inspector, before they can even proceed on the second story.
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There are clearance codes.

Can something be done? Probably. The first step is to stop the framers and talk to whoever drew up your plans and have them revised, if feasible.
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Guess that who ever is building the home is not following the plans that the architect drew up. This would also have to pass inspection by the local inspector, before they can even proceed on the second story.
The next inspection would be when the framing was complete. All the framing. I've never had a floor by floor inspection in NY.
Was this beam thing a modification of the original plans?
Contact the Architect for a solution. This should have been addressed long before anyone picked up a hammer.
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