“How would you like 10 foot ceilings rather than 8 foot ceilings in your million dollar beachfront residence?”
A client retained my services during the planning stages of his home to work with his draftsman and structural engineer on his design development. I was also to assist in specifications and Contractor selection. The County had an ordinance concerning side yard setbacks on waterfront property that worked a formula in conjunction with height that resulted that the taller the structure the larger the set backs became. The client believed that with his building width, height, and wood floor systems as designed he could only manage 8 foot ceiling heights. I first met with County Zoning to go over The Ordinance and to fully understand it’s implications. Next I gave the preliminary plan to four floor truss manufacturers to see who could give us the lowest profile in the floor system. I then drew a scale section of what was proposed and had the zoning technician review and sign off on it. The final plan was drawn, a contractor was selected, permit was applied for and received. The result was 10 foot high ceilings. The contractor did not believe it. The lumber yard where he usually bought everything could not supply floor trusses that met the criterion. Not all truss plants use the same engineering software.
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