Construction Concerns: Cantilevered Balconies

01/08/2009
Article and photo by Gregory HavelDownload this article as a PDF!Balconies and second-floor decks have been built on single-family and multifamily residences for hundreds of years. In earlier times, they were usually supported by simple beams, whose loads were carried by the wall of the building on one side and by a row of columns on the other.In modern lightweight-wood frame construction, these balconies and decks are often carried by cantilever beams, supported by the building wall on one side, unsupported on the other; and counterbalanced by an extension of the cantilevers to beams inside the floor-ceiling assemblies inside the building.Photo 1 shows the framing for a second-floor deck...

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