30 Oct '13, 7am

Hanging floors from SIP walls #green

I'm planning to build a SIP house in Northern California next year. We're working with a potential GC (currently being paid hourly for drafting and design). We started with a design we liked, and have worked with him to refine. He's just passed the design on to a structural engineer. I'm growing concerned that although both of them have SIP experience, they are approaching the project as a standard design that happens to use SIP walls and roof. But maybe this is a realistic approach? Current question has to do with floors. The house is about 30' x 35', 2.5 stories over a crawlspace. GC is planning to build standard platform floors for each level. I asked about hanging the floors (either from the middle of a jumbo panel or off the top the wall below) instead. From my mostly outside perspective, it seems stronger, simpler, and tighter. GC and engineer are advising strongly a...

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