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Old 11-12-2009, 03:46 PM
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Question for the contractor types-

I'm considering purchasing a house in Parker and before I do so, I needs some help. To make the house work for my needs I would immediately finish the basement. BTW, the house is about 4 years old.

The basement floor is made of concrete that is suspended by horizontal metal beams 12-18" above the soil covered by a vapor barrier. I believe the metal beams are attached to the foundation walls. There are also vertical red metal columns that extend from the main floor joists through the concrete floor to a footer.

My question is this: does code require "floating" walls with this type of basement floor system for all non-load bearing walls?

I'm not a contractor or engineer, but it would seem to me that since the concrete floor is suspended it would be protected from heaving from expansive soils, but alas I don't write building code so an experts advice on the code would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


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Old 11-12-2009, 04:52 PM
Location: Northern Colorado
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It would be best to check with the building department in that jurisdiction since many jurisdictions vary in their requirements.

Building Division
20120 E. Mainstreet
Parker, CO 80138
Ph: 303.841.1970
Fx: 303.840.8592

When I was in the business up here in Northern Colorado, we would not use floating walls with suspended basement floors. While the only floating basements we finished had OSB floors, I doubt it would make much difference.
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Old 11-12-2009, 07:42 PM
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Are you satisfied with the water supply for Parker? Not just now but in the long term. I'm sure you checked this out and the fact the water level in the Denver Basin is dropping 30 feet per year isn't a concern to you. That last quote was in the Tuesday Denver Post.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:23 AM
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Mike- thanks for the direction.

I contacted the Parker building dept and was told that with a "structural floor" like i've described "floating walls" are not required.

Thanks again, themoz
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