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Old 08-15-2011, 12:11 PM   #1
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terrace on 2 stories, structure question


I want to build a terrace for 2nd and 3rd floor in the back yard as the extension of the balconies of the 2nd and 3rd floor.

The terrace will be independently sitting on structure posts on the ground. The bottom of the 2nd floor balcony is about 15 feet above ground level.

I know that I will tie the 2 storey terrace into the existing balcony sturcture and the building.

I live up in Canada(a lot of snow in winter).

The 2nd floor terrace is going to be about 25x20feet, 3rd floor terrace will be on top of the 2nd floor one and half of the size.

My question is: For supporting the 2 storey terraces, what kind/size of posts and frames should I use?

I would like to know the different requirement for wooden structure and steel beams.

Thanks a bunch!

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You are suggesting that you want to build a structure some 20' in the air (3rd floor terrace) and you want to do this with the help of a DIY network?

Not to be straight forward here, but man, this is something that is so very critical and has to be done correctly the first time considering the outcome if it isn't.

Wouldn't you feel more comfortable sitting down with a professional and watching your design develop?

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Old 08-15-2011, 12:58 PM   #3
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I am getting a engineer drawing for it. But still would like to get a rough idea before hand.

In the end, it is some calculations that is tracable, and I have learned not to totally lean on anyone...

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