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Beam, column and attachment hardware - seeking advice

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Beam, column and attachment hardware - seeking advice (post #206894, reply #1 of 3)


I am working on the design for remodel of a structure to be configured as a loft. I have configured a support system such that 5-1/8" x 6" glulam beams will carry the load of the roof and loft floor. 
6" beams are required since we can't project more than 6" below the required ceiling height and we are just at the minimum in the loft space. There is one longer beam span outside the loft space that requires a larger beam.
Loads on columns would not exceed the capacity of a 4"x4". Load on columns will be carried to concrete pads. Beams will be supported by columns at both the ends and at points in-between.

I have limited experience but am working with an engineer that will review and validate the plans I provide. If there is something in the design that he does not feel is appropriate, I would be informed.
I will be conducting the construction, and living in the structure thereafter, and therefore would like to evaluate as many options as possible. I have put forth this challenge to myself to gain experience and personal accomplishment.
I would appreciate suggestions on what may be considered for columns (glulam, solid timber, pipes, etc.), and how they may attached to the beams and the concrete pad (hardware, technique, etc.)

I have attached the roof and floor framing plans showing the location of beams and columns.
Design specs: 50PSF on roof and floor, Seismic Category B, Soil bearing 3000PSI
I can provide a spreadsheet of load calculations if needed.
I am considering load capacity, aesthetics, practicality, ease in acquisition of hardware, ease in installation.
If you are kind enough to reply, please don't simply suggest for me to hire and architect.
Thank you!

I'm not going to advise you (post #206894, reply #2 of 3)

I'm not going to advise you to hire him, but looking at books about his work is free. Go to the local library and check out some books on the work of James Cutler. (You may have to go through inter-library loan.) He's an architect who works primarily in the Seattle area. One of the nice attributes of his work is in the way he handles beam/post connections. His work is probably, also, on the web.  

Thanks for the recommendation (post #206894, reply #3 of 3)

Thanks for the recommendation.  I apprecaite it.   I will research his work.