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Old 06-05-2012, 07:01 PM   #1
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Ok I'm brand new to the site so bear with me. Here goes... I have a two story house with a hip roof in southeast ga. I am adding on to the back corner of the first story to expand the kitchen/dining room. It will be an 11x17 foot addition with an 8ft ceiling to match existing ceiling. I am trying to determine the best type of roof to go with. A shed roof is out because it would run into the windows on the second floor. I could go with a gable but am wondering if a hip roof would match the house better. Thoughts, suggestions, and/or links to resources are welcome.

Also how do I tie in to the house? Everything I've found online covers tying in to the existing roofing such as with a single story home or a 2 story addition.

Also I will be using a beam to span the 17 ft distance where the exterior (load bearing) wall currently is. What size beam should this be? I know it will have to be beefy due to the span and since it also supports the second floor. Again any help is much appreciated.

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An engineer will need to spec that beam for you--- Likely a lam beam---but the size needs to be determined by the load above--

Roof lines---when possible--it is always best to make the roofing style match the roof of the existing structure---a well designed addition should look like it was always part of the original home.

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Once you get the addition engineered, you will then know what kind of roof will work.
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Thanks for the replies so far. Any additional suggestions, pointers, etc. are welcome.
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Not at this point. Pix and diagrams would elicit more replies now.
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