I am hoping that some of you may have done or have experience with earthquake retrofitting.
I have completed the home assessment checklist to figure out whether the house meets the requirements for the SEHR (Standard Earthquake Home Retrofit Plan Program). There is a possibility that the house does not meet all the requirements, but I am not quite sure. I think the house is missing the mud sill plate which is required for the SEHR. In case there is no sill plate, I will need to get a retrofit plan from an architect or an engineer in order to get a permit for the work.
Looking at the pictures, is the sill plate embedded in the foundation? Or, it is not a sill plate at all. To my understanding, a sill plate can be either embedded in foundation or installed on top of the foundation. And, it usually covers the entire foundation. The studs of the pony wall are nailed to that piece of wood embedded in foundation (see attached pictures).
What are your thoughts?
Thanks for your help,