Framing an Open-Plan Saltbox
Stability can be a problem when the load-bearing partition is removed.
The saltbox style is inherently efficient, with its high heat-collecting south face and its low north wall, often backed by wind-buffering closets. In some modern incarnations, though, it is also inherently unstable, with structural characteristics that place dangerous outward thrust on bearing walls. Appropriate framing can solve this problem, and result in the best of both worlds–open space within, and the traditional saltbox silhouette outside. This detailed article includes a sidebar about sizing a beam as well as several illustrations about framing.