5. Coordinate with Truss and Structural Engineers
The contractor that you hire will be the one who takes your custom house design to the relevant engineers for approval. If you are acting as the general contractor you will need to pick a truss company to acquire the truss manufactures engineering required by the structural engineer. Generally structural engineers cannot do there work until they have truss engineering. Learn more about building yourself.
Please note truss engineering and structural engineering are not the same.
The first port of call is a truss engineer. Trusses are basically support structures that can span a large space due to their triangular shape. In residential construction, wooden trusses are often used to support roofs because they’re incredibly strong, more economical than solid beams, and be can just about any shape. The truss engineer will ensure the truss in your design has the stability, strength and rigidity required to support your roof.
The second port of call is the structural engineer, who will create the structural plans. This includes the foundation and all the connections to the roof. The structural engineer will require the truss manufactures plans to do their work. In the case of remodels, he or she will ensure the new roof, walls or foundation won’t overload your home’s existing structure.
The design plans along with the plans the truss manufacture and structural engineer produce are used to get your construction permits from the local authorities. It also gives the green light to the builder.
Please see the list of local engineers.