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IRC / IRC Questions on Planset GARAGE4828-A6D-3
« on: February 11, 2013, 02:45:34 pm »
Seems like sometimes you need to read between the lines with the code.  One thing I just realized is that the requirement to sheath the interior wall with Gypsum does not apply to certain bracing methods (ie. PFH, ABW).  So my assumption is that the penalty you normally take in calculating the wind and seismic factors with the gypsum omitted goes away with this type of bracing.  Updated calculations for all braced walls show below. 

Based on these calculations the only modification required to the plan is to increase the length of the interior braced wall(s) from 48" to 54" in order to get my 9ft of braced wall panel, originally this was 8ft of braced wall panel.  8ft will pass the seismic requirement but not the wind load.  Initially I thought the seismic loads would dominate with this analysis since I was shooting for SDC D2 but after applying the adjustment factors for the wind it became clear that the wind was just as much a problem.  The reasons for this are: 12/12 pitch of this roof (think large sail), tall wall (10ft), high basic wind speed, large open interior, and high exposure all compound together to make the wind a major factor in the bracing requirements.

Braced Wall Plan below:

General Forum / GARAGE4828B
« on: February 03, 2013, 11:04:44 am »
I'm currently also working on a modified version of planset GARAGE4828-A6D-3.  This new plan has a very similar attic space but the three garage doors are centered and the entry door is on the side of the garage.   It also have a few more windows on the main floor.  I've created some concepts below with different configurations of the garage doors for everyones review:

9ft doors centered on dormers

10ft doors, off center from dormers

10ft doors centered on dormers

9ft doors off centered from dormers

9ft doors off centered from dormers, with arched headers

Free Stuff for Designers/Builders / Medeek Design CAD Library
« on: January 26, 2013, 01:13:16 pm »
We have recently added the CAD Library for those who might need some resources for designing their own building project.  The AutoCAD details will be some of the more standard details that I use throughout the plansets.  The Solidworks models will be mostly components that I have created for generating the 3D models of the different designs.  Check out the new CAD Library here:

Forum News / New Forum Software
« on: January 26, 2013, 09:48:30 am »
I've been using phpBB now for about a year and I've finally decided to switch to SMF by Simple Machines.  It seems like a much better forum software.  My main reason for switch was the amount of spam I was receiving with phpBB, the spam controls are very limited, at least out of the box.

Hopefully, everyone finds this forum software to their liking.  I've also added the member map mod which is a nice bonus.  If anyone has any recommendations for stuff they would like to see added please advise.


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General Forum / 48x24 Shop/Garage with Attic
« on: January 25, 2013, 08:09:10 am »
I've been designing this shop/studio/garage for the last couple of months, its 24x48, I might increase the size to 28x48.  Anyhow, I'm pretty new to construction so I've spend some quality time reading up on framing, concrete etc...  I think I'm almost there with the design but I found this board that has answered some of my questions so I thought I might post up some screenshots so I can get some feedback before we start spending money...

More pictures here:

General Forum / 48x28 Garage with Attic and Six Dormers
« on: January 13, 2013, 04:47:08 am »
Currently working on a new garage design with attic and dormers.  This one will be a 3 car garage with a stemwall foundation, 12/12 roof with attic and dormers.  Similar to the previous shop design I will be adding and alternate upstairs floorplan that has an apartment/living quarters for a single or dual occupancy.  Unfortunately, I have been very busy with other engineering work and am just now getting back to the site. 

I've attached a couple screenshots below of the work in progress.  Note, that this time around I am going with a drop top chord on the gable truss so that I can use 2x6 outlookers.  For high wind areas I think this is the better way to go.  It also eliminates the thorny issue of cutting into pre-manufactured trusses.

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