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I am in the process of constructing a second story addition on a one story ranch house. The building has a brick exterior. The architect had designed a floor truss system 16" OC. The trusses will sit on plates that are fastened to the tops of the ceiling joists. The ceiling joist ends on the 2x4 exterior stud wall, meaning it does not extend over the brick. According to the design the trusses will also bear on the brick which means the exterior brick veneer will carry part of the load. In addition a 2x6 exterior wall will sit on the truss above the brick exterior wall. The brick however is lower and will be built up 16" with a knee wall. The question concerns window openings. Is a header necessary in the knee wall above window openings. Please see attachment.
 

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Definitely a goofy design.

Shoot an RFI to the archy.

Brick veneer carrying part of a load?

Include that in an RFI also, at least you'll be on record questioning it.
 

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I drew the sketch just to illustrate the condition. The ceiling joist is an existing condition. I'm building on top of an existing structure. I thought that was clear. The truss is installed because the underneath will have an open floor plan meaning no interior load bearing walls. the ceiling joists run the width of the building which is apx. 24 1/2 ft they will be tied to the trusses via a vertical 2x4. The problem concerns the load distribution primarily as it concerns the exterior brick. How would you frame it out given the condition ? You have a ceiling joist resting on an exterior stud wall and a brick veneer extending 16" below the top of the joist.
 

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I am in the process of constructing a second story addition on a one story ranch house. The building has a brick exterior. The architect had designed a floor truss system 16" OC. The trusses will sit on plates that are fastened to the tops of the ceiling joists. The ceiling joist ends on the 2x4 exterior stud wall, meaning it does not extend over the brick. According to the design the trusses will also bear on the brick which means the exterior brick veneer will carry part of the load. In addition a 2x6 exterior wall will sit on the truss above the brick exterior wall. The brick however is lower and will be built up 16" with a knee wall. The question concerns window openings. Is a header necessary in the knee wall above window openings. Please see attachment.
That is one fvcked plan. :whistling:

Brick veneer can not carry structure.

Im thinking your archy isnt really an archy.
 
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