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RE: Designing a remodel - how to treat the existing structure

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I agree with your line of thinking. The only thing I would change in your
approach is item No.2:

-Calculate the tributary loads (per current code) from the existing and new
portions, to the existing line(s) of resistance affected by the addition,
and design accordingly.

Ben Yousefi, SE
San Jose, CA

	-----Original Message-----
	From:	Dennis S. Wish [SMTP:dennis.wish(--nospam--at)]
	Sent:	Wednesday, October 25, 2000 1:18 AM
	To:	aec-residential(--nospam--at)
	Cc:	SEAINT Listservice
	Subject:	Designing a remodel - how to treat the existing

	I have a couple of small remodels on my desk - typically additions
to a one
	story wood frame home ranging from 100 to 300 square feet. It is, in
	opinion, unreasonable to expect full-compliance where the existing
	needs a lateral rebalancing due to the addition. In this case what
is the
	best approach. Here is my opinion - I would be pleased to hear from
	on this topic.

	1. Design the new addition by tributary area in compliance with the
	provision of the new code using ST-12 or the Tri-Country simplified
	approach AND
	2. Calculate the existing capacity of the line of shear of the
	residence where the addition connects and upgrade that line of shear
	accommodate the addition shear from the addition.

	This seems like a reasonable approach. Anything more aggressive
will, in my
	opinion, destroy the remodeling industry by driving the homeowner
away when
	the work becomes much more intrusive than the owner is willing to
	(not to mention more expensive).

	Are their any code reference to his issue or other documents from
	thinking of FEMA 273 which I believe deals with seismic upgrades to
	structures) or HUD that apply?

	Dennis S. Wish, PE
	Structural Engineering Consultant
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