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Hi Jim, Do you have a drawing you can post of your building? Sorry, I'm thinking you may be using incorrect terms for the timbers you're describing.
Did you ever do the pour on the slab? Saw pics of removing dirt and wondered.... Or is it awaiting the posts first? and thus on the design...
Jim,When I designed my cabin (doing the foundation now), I downloaded a free version of SketchUp. Quite a learning curve but once mastered, you can draw up just about anything really fast. It has add-ons that will help with the joints later on in the process. I did the load calcs (with the help of the Tool Box on the left, bottom). Then I worked with Fire Tower Engineered Timber, Inc - recommended by a few here. They were VERY flexible. I maintained control of my plans making changes that they requested/required, saving myself a lot of money on a draftsman or their time to do the changes. I eventually had to buy a version of SketchUp to get Layout, which turns your 3D model into normal architectural plans that you annotate and can submit to your building department (if a permit is required).SketchUp then will generate the shop drawings you need for doing all your joint cuts - all you do is add the dimensions by using the tape measure in the program.
Not sideways.. so you are gaining on it. But put some lines or blanks to separate the pics... helps. Don't get discouraged... we do like pics. 8)
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