Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Big Beams

With the first floor almost framed and the garage wall foundation cured, Abe continued to install the wall & ceiling framing over the garage. (Note the big glulam beam in the garage sitting at an angle).
The metal panels to both sides of the garage opening are Hardypanels, metal structures that take over the shear (= earthquake) loads which always are a problem at garages, when standard plywood can't be applied and the expenses for a steel frame will blow the budget (-or steel does not fit into the concept- as in or case).
We had intended to go entirely without steel members and use only the renewable material wood for the structure while maintaining a progressive and innovative design- and it is possible!
The picture was taken form the same perspective as the rendering at the top of this blog.

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