Adding A Garage
I have only had time to get one contractor to come by and I'm just doing some research in between meeting with others. I want to know what's going on and the correct way to do things no matter if there is an inspector or not. I'm in New Orleans and we have plenty of contractors, laborer's and others who think they are contractors.
What I posted above is just what the contractor and I talked about and I need to speak with him in more detail about the specifics, but in the mean time, I want to get some insight about the project from people who do these types of jobs. I have closed in a garage and raised a ceiling to make a bedroom on my house, so I have a little bit of contruction knowledge, but not enough about this type of work.
Thekctermite, I know you aren't in my area, but would you mind explaining more about the footings? How deep do you dig, what diameter hole for metal posts you normally use, gravel or not, concrete and vapor barrier, metal fasterners, rebar, is there something better to use than metal posts?
I know it's hard to picture what's going on, but if you picture a gable roof going from left to right, that is my existing garage. The plan is to tie another gable roof into the middle of the existing. Sorry I don't know the terminology but the framing(rafters) (2x6's or 2x8's) will attach to the rafters of the existing garage and come out on top of the front concrete wall of the new patio. From there they will form a corner and run down the open side of the patio with the metal posts. From there it will form another corner just like the front.
The front of the patio will be fine because it rests on top of the concrete wall, but what are the options to make the corner connection in the back, where it will only be a metal post. Also how can I attach the 2x6 or 8's on top of the metal posts? Is welding the only option or are there brackets strong enough for this?
I'm just trying to learn what I can and appreciate the help.