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My house is 2 blocks from the beach in San Diego.  We have a lot of overcast
days.  Most of the year cars parked on the street are wet in the morning.
The house was built in 1941 with 2x3 (full dimension) studs, plaster board
walls and stucco finish.  As far I can tell, the structure is not
compromised by the climate.  Termites love the climate, so one must be
diligent about control, but the construction seems to be tolerant of the
environment.  Your site may be at a less temperate location.

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark D. Baker [mailto:shake4bake(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, March 14, 2005 1:57 PM
To: seaint
Subject: beach front construction materials

Any comments on type of materials used for beach front residential
construction that are resistant to the climate?

On a current 2 story project our client (a very succesful commercial
contractor) want to eliminate all wood by using cmu walls, metal stud
partitions, barjoist - metal pan - lt.wt. conc. floor, metal truss roof. As
we are getting into project, the entire structure will need a caisson
foundation system supporting structural slab and the materials described
above. We are now looking for alternative superstructure materials which
aren't so darn heavy due to the impact on foundation system.

We are now thinking of a structural steel vertical/lateral system with
infill for walls. The question is, metal studs, engineered lumber, or just
what for infill would be good to achieve owners desire of climate

If metal studs, every time you cut a stud or drill a screw you are
compromising the electroplating so..

If engineered lumber, just how well would Timberstrand studs stand up to a
beach climate compared to stick lumber..

At this point I'm fishing for ideas, past experiences, etc.


Mark D. Baker

Baker Engineering

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