Construction of residential porches, decks and balconies are among the most severely loaded portions of a home, yet are less redundant, more exposed to the elements and often built to lower standards. Design or review by a structural engineer can reduce the risk associated with decks and similar structures.
Structural engineering for non-residential projects is available from Richard J. Driscoll, Consulting Engineer.
Most residential buildings are constructed using conventional light-frame construction. This type of construction is made up of dimensional lumber, structural wood panels and compatible foundation systems, all of which can be built in accordance with prescriptive code provisions. The provisions are based on historical practices, as well as simplified and conservative applications of general building code requirements.