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Begin by going to www.NARI.org and find a chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry in your area. NARI members are held to a high standard and they commit to a Standard of Ethics in writing. On www.NARI.org you can look for design build contractors with Certified Remodelers (CR) and Certified Lead Carpenters (CLC) on staff. The contractor will know if they need the services of a structural engineer (P.E.) to specify what needs to be done. You're welcome to contact me directly with your questions.
Dennis D. Gehman, CR, MSA, CLC, CKBR, CAPS
Gehman Design Remodeling
355 Main Street
Harleysville, PA 19438-2417
NARI = National Association of the Remodeling Industry
CR = NARI Certified Remodeler
MSA = CertainTeed Master Shingle Applicator
CLC = NARI Certifled Lead Carpenter
CKBR = NARI Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler
CAPS = Certified Aging in Place Specialist
Dennis is correct, NARI is a great resource.
Locate a contractor that has a good relationship with a structural engineer. Between the two, they should be able to come up with a good solution.
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