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Old 01-19-2009, 08:57 PM   #1
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we bought our first house a couple of years ago with the intention of adding a dormer on the back so we could have a proper master bed and bath...

here are some "before" pics:







and this is what i intend to do to the house...




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Old 01-19-2009, 09:12 PM   #2
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the first thing to do was tear out the old upstairs...



...and put in some new 2x8 floor joists 12" OC more or less...



i added a 3-2x10 beam over the downstairs bathroom, the rest of the upstairs floor rests on the load bearing wall on the first floor...


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Old 01-19-2009, 09:21 PM   #3
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now it's cold in michigan this time of year, but that's not going to stop me







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Old 01-20-2009, 09:21 PM   #4
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there was a window in the gable where the new bathroom is going, and we want to keep the window, but move it up a bit...



in this picture, you can see the ridge that is perpendicular to the main ridge, as well as the west exterior wall.



fast forward a bit, and here i am putting in the roof rafters. there were some pretty tricky cuts on the roof valley beams, but measure twice and cut two or three times

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That's a lot of work, have fun
I dormered my Cape back in 2004, I ended up with about 6' at the back of the house. My peak went up close to 9' - so a little better

I think with your house I would have extended the front slope back more, then just put shed dormer roof on
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Yeah, I had originally drawn up plans for a shed dormer, but I didn't like the looks. I think the gable adds much more character, plus it gives me a lot better headroom down the middle of the addition. The gable is going to be a lot more work, but labor is cheap when you DIY another benefit of the gable roof, is that the cathedral ceiling is going to be a lot more interesting to look at than a flat shed roof would be.
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some more progress...





walls sheathed:





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Looks good, nice to get that tarp on & somewhat closed in

My project is buried in snow, can't even shovel it off
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Nothing like a little cold weather to speed things up.
What is the pitch on the new roof, and what are you going to cover it with?
Looks like you have gained some nice useful space. And probably for not a lot of coin.
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coco: the new roof will be 2:12, and I'm going to cover it with standing seam metal roofing.

the project hasn't been too expensive yet. but i'm going to have closed cell spray foam insulation in the lid ($$) and the metal roofing isn't all that cheap either. but it will be a very nice space once it's all said and done! can't wait.
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Looks really nice great workMake sure you have your metal roof details correct 2 in 12 is the minimum for standing seam i would probably use a high temp ice and water membrane and keep any penetrations like chimneys or plumbing vents off that section.Make sure you fold your valley pans and hook them to a continuous cleat embedded in butyl tape.


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thanks

actually i was planning on running the plumbing vent through the metal roof section. i'll have to research that some more...don't want a leaky roof!
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i would recommend you get a detailed installation manual for the panel your using they will show the vent pipe detail you should use.I wasn't trying to scare you just that a leak in a metal roof is not the easiest thing to fix sometimes maybe, you can move the vent pipe to the side gable walls then up as to code, 1 less thing to worry about
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Nice! braver than i am, i'd be in next to the heater
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Nice job, that looks like it's going to be a really cool cathedral ceiling.
I think your nuts working through winter though. j/k

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