Category: Home Repairs

Steel Flitch Beams

A flitch beam is a composite beam made of steel plate(s), sandwiched between multiple plies of wood members, and then bolted together to create a single beam. Flitch beams are very versatile and can often be tacked onto the sides of an existing beam. These beams are often used in historic renovations projects to structurally… Read More »

The Benefits of Continuous Insulation

It’s so much fun to provide Architectural Engineering services and watching the industry gradually adopt new materials and methods.  Continuous Insulation has been one of my favorites for the past few years, and it’s really taking off. From our perspective, the number one reason for this trend is the popularity of spray foam insulation and the… Read More »

Lowering a Basement Floor

Have you ever considered making living space in your unfinished basement?  It’s a possibility if the ceiling height is high enough.  The International Residential Code requires a minimum 7 ft. ceiling clearance except under beams, girders and the like, which can be not less than 6 ft. 4 in.  What if your ceiling is currently… Read More »

Association Responsibilities for Building Maintenance

A benefit of living in a condominium community is that you don’t have to worry about property maintenance. Someone else mows the lawn, trims the shrubs, and paints the building. Ultimately, someone must be responsible for ensuring that these sorts of actions taken place for the multitude of property aspects such as the site, buildings,… Read More »

Residential Braced Wall Design

A few members of Team Engineering recently had the opportunity to attend a specialized training on braced wall requirements for residential buildings. This conference was held by the New Hampshire Home Builder’s association and allowed us, along with many local contractors, to expand our understanding of braced walls. Braced wall requirements are relatively newer to… Read More »

Wood Post Blocking Between Floor Framing

Creating a continuous load path is a fundamental principle of structural engineering. In steel construction, steel columns are often spliced in the field to be continuous for the entire height of the building. In platform wood-framed construction, we must consider not only the posts for transferring discrete vertical loads, but also how the posts’ loads… Read More »

Residential Barn Renovation

We recently had a client who wished to convert their 1800’s unfinished barn into an in-law apartment in Derry, NH. The exterior aesthetics had its own antique characteristics that the client wanted to maintain, while the interior was in very poor structural condition. Team Engineering helped design an architectural design to meet the clients wants… Read More »

Engineered Wood I-Joists as Tension Members

Engineering wood I-joists (TJI, BCI, AJS, etc…) are a popular choice for floor framing members in wood-frame construction, and we like them for the same reason others do: they are very efficient structural members, meaning they carry a lot of loads compared to their own weight. And since they are made from engineered wood products,… Read More »