Fur BEam Thickness For second Floor

Discussion in 'Building Construction' started by carver45, Oct 25, 2005.

  1. carver45

    carver45 Guest


    I am building a 2 storey post and beam house and need to support the
    second storey so there are no supports in the center. The house will be
    24 x 40 feet. I want the first storey to be open. So I am going to cut
    some fur beams to run across the 24 feet at the top of the ground
    floor. I live in fur country and can cut my beams as thick as I need.

    So my question is how big of beams do I need and how many in 40 feet.
    Is their a web page anybody knows of that would give me the bearing
    loads of certain woods.

    I appreciate any answers. thanks
    carver45, Oct 25, 2005
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    Bob Morrison Guest

    In a previous post carver45 wrote...
    Hire a structural engineer. This is nothing to fool around with.

    BTW, the wood is spelled "FIR"
    Bob Morrison, Oct 25, 2005
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    carver45 Guest

    Hi Bob,

    That is a good suggestion. Any idea what the estimated cost would be?
    Just doing up cost analysis for the bank.
    Yes and thank-you for the correct spelling of fir.
    carver45, Oct 25, 2005
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    Bob Morrison Guest

    In a previous post carver45 wrote...
    You will probably want a full structural analysis of the house.

    For engineering only (no drawings) I would probably charge in the $US 1.10
    per sq. ft range. So, for 2 stories of 24x40 this would come to about
    $US 2,100. If you wanted me to provide foundation and framing drawings I
    would double the above number.

    That should get you in the ballpark for design budget for engineering.
    Bob Morrison, Oct 25, 2005
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    Matt Whiting Guest

    And it is story, rather than storey. :)

    Matt Whiting, Oct 25, 2005
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