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Old 07-10-2014, 12:37 PM
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Any builders out there that can answer a couple questions about this disappointment I am about to undertake?
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:56 PM
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:00 PM
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I have plans that had an unfinished second level. I was quoted a price for finishing of the main level only with unfinished second. I have inquired about finishing of the second level and was told that it would more to change the ceiling joists to floor joists. How are floor joists different from ceiling joists?
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:20 PM
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:24 PM
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I have plans that had an unfinished second level. I was quoted a price for finishing of the main level only with unfinished second. I have inquired about finishing of the second level and was told that it would more to change the ceiling joists to floor joists. How are floor joists different from ceiling joists?
In simple terms...They are different in, they a calculated to carry the weight persons, furniture, ceiling,etc. Ceiling joist are calculated for carry weight of ceiling only.
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:28 PM
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So my plans call for a 1600 sq ft second. I was told the upcharge to go from ceiling joists to floor joists would be almost $18k...
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:24 PM
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So my plans call for a 1600 sq ft second. I was told the upcharge to go from ceiling joists to floor joists would be almost $18k...
Thats ridiculous! They using steel beams?
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:26 PM
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typical ceiling joist is 2x6 where a floor joist is 2x12, you'll need to keep in mind any electrical, plumbing and HVAC in the area or crossing that area
for better that $100 sqft that quote is nuts, are you sure it wasn't more like $1800 not $18,000
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:40 PM
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As others have said, it should be much closer to 1800 than 18000.
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:45 PM
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18k to provide 1,600 s.f. of reinforced joists and plywood sheathing doesn't seem that out of line to me. It's about $11/s.f.

Also need to think about where those joists are going to be supported, there might need to be some additional structure added from the new floor level to foundation.

You are going from attic joists that may support 10-20 psf to habitable living space of 30-40 psf.

I'm sure everyone needs more information to give any advice that is helpful. It is good to reach out and get additional information, but your best solution is to have a reputable contractor help you and if you trust him, it will be a win-win.

Just to be sure, you are talking about improving 1,600 s.f. right??? If so, $1,800 won't even cover materials for reinforcing the floor...
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