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hello all,

my wife and i just closed on 3 acres of land and are planning on building a slab house here in kershaw sc .i have alot of experience in building everything from concrett, plumbing, basic framing, electrical and much more. ive read plans on job sites BUT ive never drawn my own plans till now

only thing im having trouble with is some structual questions mainly for my roof design and i need to find our more about load bearing walls, beams and collumns.

if i am able to load up my plans  can anyone here give me some pointers?

I suspect that several folks (post #215464, reply #1 of 6)

I suspect that several folks here will tell you that you need to work with an engineer.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

I would be surprised that you (post #215464, reply #2 of 6)

I would be surprised that you can submit plans without an architect or engineer stamp.

I drew up my plans for a fairly small addition but I still needed a seal on them. The engineer laid my plan on his copier surrounded by the details that meet our code (some actually provided by the state), shot the picture, stamped it and they passed review.

Greg

This is from my county. (post #215464, reply #3 of 6)

This is from my county.

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They certainly make it easy. (post #215464, reply #4 of 6)

They certainly make it easy. That sounds like the plans I submitted in Maryland in the 70s. You could just write "standard practice" on all of the details. Just like your guy, the only engineering was on trusses.

Florida is much harder. They want engineering on everything. There is also a much stricter code with requirements up to 180 MPH wind code (keys) I am in the 160 zone.

I guess they just got tired of houses blowing away in a hurricane.

Greg

Keep in mind that if you (post #215464, reply #5 of 6)

Keep in mind that if you don't get a engineer or archy to sign off on it then you're on the hook for anything you screw up.  Eg, if you don't get the footings deep enough for code you could end up having to dig it all up.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

That handout he has says (post #215464, reply #6 of 6)

That handout he has says there in no frost line requirememt on the footer. It really looks like the rules are pretty lax there.

Hopefully they catch all of these problems in plan review. I still think I would try to find some mastered plans from a local contractor, just to see the details they are looking for.

Greg