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Is this a raised floor house or a slab foundation?
With the added ht. you will need to be concerned with the lateral
How is the lateral load carried at present? by plywood on the exterior
walls? You will probably have to add more and add holdowns, etc. If you
don't have wall sections at least 4.5' (5 ft. on the second floor) you
will have to use Hardy Frames or similar manufactured panels- to meet 2:1
aspect ratio. For the foundation you will likely need to add pad footings
-about 30" sq. about 8 or 10 ft. apart all around plus at strategic
points in the interior.

Stan Scholl, P.E.
Laguna Beach, CA

On Sat, 28 Apr 2001 22:07:29 -0700 "GaryD" <garydellbate(--nospam--at)>
> Another simple question (probably) all the wood design experts.
> I thinking about the best way to approach an existing 1 story house 
> that is getting a 2nd floor addition. Normally, I would assume that 
> the roof gets removed, floor framing is placed, and the 2nd floor 
> platform walls will sit over the lower walls just like in a new 
> house. I have a situation where we are required to raise the 
> original lower floor ceiling height from 8 ft to 9 ft.What are the 
> various methods to achieve this? I was thinking that simply adding 
> cripple studs would not be good to make up the 1 ft difference 
> because I would be relying on a 1 ft strip of plywood when I was 
> taught not to use plywood with less than 24" in shear panels. To 
> complicate things, the 2nd floor ceiling height is 10'-6" so I would 
> have another joint since I believe plywood is only available in 10' 
> max sheet sizes.
> Thanks for any comments .
> Gary

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