If you have an older home, it may not have a modern open floor design. This means that when you do remodeling projects in your home, structural changes may be a necessary change in the design of your home. When making structural changes, you will need to pass inspections and bring your home up to date with modern building standards. Here are some tips to help you make structural changes with your remodeling project:
1. Making Changes To Install Larger Windows And Doors
One of your priorities when remodeling your home may be install larger windows and doors. This can be done by removing the stud framing and adding a beam to carry the loads. If it is possible, you may want to try to keep openings centered between mechanicals like electrical outlets to reduce the need to move installations. This may not always be possible, but sometimes the materials can be left in place when installing windows.
2. Opening Kitchen Space By Removing Interior Walls
Kitchen space can be another priority for your remodeling projects. In older homes, kitchens often have a closed design and tight space. To open up your kitchen, you may want to remove walls. This will require the addition of a beam to carry loads above. This can be done with a dropped beam that is at the ceiling height. You may want to consider using the beams in part of ceiling designs or for cabinets.
3. Removing Existing Ceilings To Add Height
If you have low ceilings in your home, you may want to remove them to add space that is more open. This can present several problems such as lack of roof and wall bracing. There are designs that can be used to give walls structural strength by adding beams. The beams can then also be used to support and brace the roof structure to make the new design sound.
4. Carrying New Structural Loads To The Foundation
When you make structural changes, often beams are added to carry loads. When new beams are installed, they often do not have the support they need. It is important that any new loads that are added to your home be carried all the way down to your foundation. This may require additional changes beneath an area you are remodeling, such as the addition of footings or installation of beams to support loads.
These are some tips to help you make the structural changes you want for your home. If you need help creating a design that meets modern building standards, contact a structural engineering service like J J K Group Inc and talk with them about the changes you want to make to your home.