Have a huge deck across back of split-entry home. want to use 10 feet of deck across back of master bedroom and enlarge bath. what needs to be done to push the back wall out and to be able to support the new rooms? I am helping my husband do this and I always want to know details and not just be knocking down walls. Help, before we wind up with no walls or the deck won't support the new addition.
We have no way of knowing for sure. I'd bet that your deck was not built with strong enough footers to add a living structure above. You would probably need to increase the number of or size of the footers to support the extra load of walls and a roof. If snow is an issue where you live the load calculations will need to take that into account as well.
You need to start with your codes office to see what the requirements are for the size and depth of footers for living space and then have your existing footers inspected to make sure they measure up.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
thanks for the advice,we have an engineer coming out to do specs. and we will be seeking professional help.
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