Recently we were approached by a home owner whose hillside garage floor was sagging. The site visit revealed the floor members were still healthy, free of dry rot and termite, but that the previous owner had put a very heavy tile floor on top of the existing floor, causing the excessive deflection. Several contractors suggested the floor joists be replaced to the tune of about $30-$40K. Then it turned out that, in order to construct the floor, the walls of the garage had to be rebuilt. This was when the homeowner called Peter Erdelyi & Associates.
We saw there was room for a beam support under the garage floor joists that would spanning the length of the garage floor and supporting the posts and footings — a simple and effective way reduce the deflection of the overstressed garage floor. Cost: $7,000.00
Now that is what we call “Value engineering”
P.S. Happy home owner, not so happy contractor.
Re-posted from our newsletter originally sent on 12/21/2012