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    About ten years ago I working on sea walls on Lido and Balboa Island at
Newport Beach CA.  The houses ($7,000,000.00 +) were all stick framed with
stucco and brick veneer.  These houses were with in 20 feet of the water.
The one thing they all had in common was a regular maintenance schedule.
The home owners used top quality paint and keep it up on all wood trim.  I
do not believe there is any thing in the world which will stand up to this
environment with out a great deal of maintenance.  The foundations were
always placed using a low water/cement material ratio (.42 if memory is
correct) and epoxy rebar.  These were the only non-standard structural
items.   The inside that was a very different story.


-----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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