My partner and I are currently renovating an old stone house in Portugal. We have some building experience, but have never put a roof on a house and have minimal experience working with stone... so we are looking for some advice.
The current plan is to install a concrete (with the metal caging) ring beam along the top of the walls, to tie the walls together and the roof into the walls. The question is, would it be better to continue the ring beam up the inclined gable ends, in order to connect all 4 walls. Or should we knock down the top gable triangle, install a horizontal ring beam on top of all 4 walls, and then re-build the gable triangle? Or any other suggestions?
I’ve attached pictures to illustrate the condition of the gable end walls. You can see in one of the images how the very huge chimney we recently removed, perhaps put some strain on the wall and caused the crack. Whether or not we take down the gable triangles, we have some rebuilding work to do.
We’re keen to only use concrete if absolutely necessary, and as we’re in a seismic zone we’re under the impression that a concrete ring beam tying all 4 walls together and to the roof, would be the best option.
But what would you do?
Any advice greatly appreciated! 😁