I’m trying to guess what my basement/1st floor construction might look like.
My house is 36′ wide and about 76′ long. I’ll have a basement that probably won’t house much more than the mechanical and electrical rooms initially. I’m not too worried about putting in support columns as necessary – although I would like to have some 16′ x 16′ areas without columns for future rooms.
Any thought – would I need a floor truss below the first floor above the basement about 24″ in height to support l/480 at 16″ OC – can I do anything with cross support or support columns to reduce the height or improve the stiffness?
I’m not an architect or engineer and am probably at least a year away from being ready to see either – this is just a starting point.
Assume an empty basement initially and i don’t know if it matters at all but I’ve got a floorplan for the first floor.