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I'm trying to find out if it's possibly to easily extend our 2nd floor living space into some existing attics above our garage, FR and DR. I will attach a zip file that contain most of the information needed to answer this question. Any help of suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you! By the way, I prefer not to use the Chat feature.
In the attached zip file, here's an explanation of the file contents:
* Overhead_Revised.pdf shows the layout of our roofs, along with the rafter sizes for each floor of 2nd floor attics.
* 2nd_Floor.pdf shows our current 2nd floor layout without any changes.
* 1st_Floor.pdf shows roughly what our 1st floor looks like, with the exception that the kitchen has two entrance ways instead of one larger one and the kitchen layout was an old design option.
* Rough_Layouts_2013-JUL26.xls contains several tabs that will help you understand room dimensions and support walls.
Hi, Brian! When you referred to the 2x members above, were you referring to just the 2"x6" joists or both the 2"x6" and 2"x8" joists above the garage? Also, the garage ceiling does have 5/8" thick drywall. We do live in a cold climate that gets a lot of snow. Does it make sense to create the drawings we want and submit to our village, and then let their structural engineer tell us what we need to do for free?