After owning the same house for more than 20 years, it came time to decide whether to sell the home or fix it up. And after weeks of contemplation, I realized that I just was not ready to close the door on all the memories held in the home. But I also didn't want to live in a shabby old house anymore. So, I decided to do get involved with some restoration projects – the kitchen, bathrooms, and living room were all updated, as well as the roof. I also redesigned the entire property's landscape to give it a brand new look. Now that everything is complete, I miss the process! So, I thought I would relive some of my favorite projects by sharing ideas, tips, and tricks for renovation that might interest you. Hopefully you'll find the things I have to share inspiring and encouraging.
Both a structural engineer and an architect design buildings and examine their properties for a living. However, that is where the similarities end. These two careers have several differences, may of which impact how a house or building is constructed. If you are not sure who to hire when you need restoration services, learning how to tell them apart will help you decide.
Structural engineers focus on the strength and integrity of a structure. Using a bit of science and some math, they calculate how much gravitational force it took to damage a building. They use the known weight of the materials of the building to uncover the potential causes for the damage. For example, a two-story home sustains damage from an earthquake. The home itself was designed to withstand earthquakes. Ergo, there is something amiss with the construction or a weakness in the materials that caused the home to tumble. The engineer is the one you want to figure out why and provide the information to you and your insurance company for the purpose of filing a claim.
Architects use math too, but in a very different way. Geometry helps them figure out the many different ways they can design and shape a home. They draw and draft plans for construction, and design homes and buildings to withstand hurricanes, tropical storms, earthquakes and mild tornadoes. They understand the strengths and weaknesses of building materials such as glass, steel, wood and brick and how these materials affect what they design. They often consult with structural engineers when designing very unusual buildings or when they want to know how and where to reinforce their structures during construction.
The Person to Call
If you want someone to rebuild your home and make it stronger, you call the structural engineer. When you want your home redesigned, remodeled and/or restored to an earlier period in its life, you call an architect. The architect is the visionary and creator, while the engineer is the one who makes your home tougher, stronger and more resilient to the ravages of time. If you want all of these qualities in your home, then you should call both, unless the architect you hire is also an engineer or works with one.
Structural Engineers Are Best Suited For Certain Projects
While a structural engineer certainly can work on repairing and restoring your home, most of the time they work on making bridges and skyscrapers better and safer for everyone. These structures can kill hundreds of people if their structural integrity fails. The taller, bigger and heavier a structure is, the more someone is going to want a structural engineer to assist with restoration and repair.Share