Keeping Walls Steady in the Wind
With one-third of the exterior given over to windows, it took multiple shear panels, hold-downs and a wind beam to keep this home steady.
Synopsis: A builder explains the engineering principles and construction details that enabled him to build a tall, window-filled house on a steep lot in an area with a lot of wind.
Fifteen years ago, Sumner, Washington, was considered too remote from Seattle for commuting. But Tom Wooding bought a steep, nearly unbuildable little lot there on Lake Tapps anyway. He’d just graduated from college, had no immediate plans and just liked the area.
By the time Tom was ready to build, the Lake Tapps area had transformed from a cluster of camps, cabins and mobile homes to one of the most popular lakefront communities south of Seattle. His lakefront lot was now worth at least six times what he paid for it. That increased value meant that it would be worth building on, even if the building was difficult. Also by then, Tom and his fiancée, Tami, wanted to…