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post #1 of 8 Old 03-19-2012, 02:25 PM - Thread Starter
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I have been tossing around ideas for awhile now for a dedicated HT build or a media room in my home, but I don't have a basement. It is rare to find basements here because we are along the shoreline, if you dig a basement, you get an indoor pool . I have thought about adding on or redoing the den and million other things, but it finally hit me that I could probably put it in the attic! To add I am no Tim Taylor, but looking in the attic, we have a truss type system and I would like to know if it is possible to rip it out and reinforce it with knee walls or something else? I believe it is done this way because of Hurricanes. Is it possible that I could tear it all out and begin my build, or will it be a structural problem? I found pictures on another site and these are the same type trusses! Thanks for any input! There are comments in the thread, but if anyone has any expertise with these type of strong back trusses, I would appreciate any opinions.

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-19-2012, 02:44 PM
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You want Attic...

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There you go Attic...

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I would heed the warnings in the linked thread. My wife is an engineer and nothing sets her of more than one of her customers wanting to load up an attic built with trusses. Trusses are designed with a specific load in mind. I have 2x8 floor joists in my house and the floor still has some bounce to it, if the kids are jumping around. I can't imagine what a 2x4 floor joist would look like after having a second floor applied to it. Be careful.

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Yeah, I think you would need an engineer to redesign the structure. I don't know whether it would be practical to do without taking off the roof, but an engineer could probably help you figure that out.

You might also want to think about how you would handle HVAC for the new space. HVAC in a theater is always a challenge. The challenge seems bigger for an attic-to-theater conversion.

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Hmmm.. Read the linked to thread? You get the engineer to sign off on it and I'm good with it.
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Any modification of a truss requires a registered design professional to sign off on it. You can't even drill a hole for wiring in them.

They may have been designed for additional storage load, as I notice there is plywood flooring and a light. Typically this is not allowed to be installed unless it is designed as such. However, that's just a guess. Your building department may have the truss specs on file. A RDP may be able to trade the storage load for additional ceiling load-- or maybe not. Trusses are way more complicated than they look.

The other option would be an independent ceiling, which would requires at least a 2x8 (select, if you can even find it).

7.25" engineered lumber would most likely work, but you'd need a RDP to tell you that.

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