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3 Tips for Remodel Framing Inside An Old House

Old houses have some special issues when it comes to framing. In this video, Matt Risinger shows us three common issues and then gives us the solutions.Take a trip into a 150-year-old house undergoing a whole house remodel and an addition to see the framing issues and Risinger's tips.Tip 1& you can add structure and strength without adding depth, which is often a concern in rooms with lower ceilings. Instead of using traditional wood joists, use LVL. LVL is a framing material made of engineered wood product that is comparable in strength to solid timber or steel. In this video you can see 6" LVL joists sistered to the existing joists, which can handle a much heavier load than standard joists. Tip 2& don't be afraid to use steel. In order to include an addition onto this house, walls had to come down. Risinger shows you how they embedded tube steel into the masonry of a formerly exterior wall. The steel is not only strong, but also not threatened by the decay and rot of traditional wood supports.Tip 3 you can add structure to walls without adding depth. In this house, they had to remove a load bearing wall in order to open up the kitchen to the living room. To make sure the roof is still supported, they installed a combination of three LVLs with steel flitch plates in place of the load bearing wall. The wood/steel combo provides the strength and support needed to replace a load bearing wall without adding depth. Check out the full video to see how little space these framing options really take.