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J_Whitworth 01-25-2012 12:58 PM

Planning to build addition on 2nd floor of home
 
We are planning to build an addition on the second floor of our home. The roof looks like an a-frame. We want the cieling to be 8ft. I can frame, hang dry-wall, run electric. but I'm kind of stumped when it comes to where to start. Do I just cut a big hole in the roof and start framing from there? And should I wrap the addition in shingles or would it look better to have the front and sides the same material as the house and just the top shingled? i would like alittle advice for this project. Any help woud be greatly appreciated.

Daniel Holzman 01-25-2012 01:02 PM

Building an addition is a pretty big project. When we were thinking about building an addition to our house, the first thing we did was hire an architect to help us visualize the options, draw up the alternatives, and assist us in making a reasonable decision about which way to go. I strongly urge you to consider hiring a professional to help you, there is simply no way you can get realistic help without someone with actual experience visiting your house. While this chat group is great for assistance on matters like how to construct X, or diagnosis type issues, you really cannot get useful personal design assistance over the internet, at least not yet, so far as I can tell.

joed 01-25-2012 01:06 PM

I would say you should
1.tear the roof off.
2.beef up the ceiling joists so they can carry the new loads.
3.sheet the floor.
4.Build the walls.
5.build new roof.

Joe Carola 01-25-2012 02:03 PM

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Originally Posted by J_Whitworth
We are planning to build an addition on the second floor of our home. The roof looks like an a-frame. We want the cieling to be 8ft. I can frame, hang dry-wall, run electric. but I'm kind of stumped when it comes to where to start. Do I just cut a big hole in the roof and start framing from there? And should I wrap the addition in shingles or would it look better to have the front and sides the same material as the house and just the top shingled? i would like alittle advice for this project. Any help woud be greatly appreciated.

Framing an add-a-level is not a DIY 'er project unless you have an experienced framing crew. You Have to have man power and a good system so that you can keep your house water tight. That is the mist important part of an add-a-level.


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