Well I think we have a solution for that issue, SE has agreed concrete lintel over the That is for the single storey living room, However it gets worse on the main roof ...
This is the eaves detail, similar to the single storey but trusses here with raised tie (3.3m first floor ceilings)
That is the drawing sent to the truss manufacturer and this is what they made ...
No prizes for spotting the difference - chord depth 365mm compared to 210mm on the drawing, also 200mm wide foot will have to sit over the lintel not behind it. Consequence would be 6-7 courses of brick over the windows rather than one course shown.
Having spoken to all parties involved on Friday, what happened is :
Architect designed something that is difficult / impossible to build, but they argue their drawings are ‘representative’ and must be checked by truss manufacturer or SE.
Truss manufacturer are admitting they had the drawings but cannot make anything to fit and told the builder this.
Builder ordered them without coming back to me or architect
So what happens now ...
Truss manufacturers are looking how these can be modified to at least get them lower (3 courses of bricks over the window head would be acceptable, 6-7 course is a major design change)
Architect is looking for construction details of similar designs they have done in the past.
Builder is busy avoiding any responsibility and blaming everyone else
I am prepared to compromise (so far) because it seems the original concept was just that, would have to be modified at some point. Also, the build is dragging on far to long and we don’t want any further delays. It would have been so much better if this was recognised earlier, we could have adapted the design without much drama.
Thanks for reading this sorry story and let it be a lesson for others as it has been for me
Any ideas for a solution would be highly welcome!