Venting: Old Home with new hip roof, long eaves, no venting
I'm trying to come up with a solution here. I have a 1920's house with a hip roof that comes to a perfect peak in the center. The house was "flipped" last year, they made the attic space a living space and made knee walls on all the outer edges. I recently purchased it...
They put no ventilation in the knee walls whatsoever, I live in Richmond VA, so you can imagine what that meant for this past summer. I contacted the seller and he says that there was no real way to put in soffit vents the way the house was built. It has these long 2+ foot long eaves that hang down and he says are "sealed off" from the rest of the attic.
I plan on putting in some basic attic vents in each of the knee wall. My question is, budget is an issue, but am I just completely wasting my time by putting in the attic vents in with no proper flow coming in? Would i be further wasting money to put any kind of powered fans with the vents to generate a little more power to the exhaust? Will i literally get 0 discernible gain from any idea like this by not having the proper intake?
I've seen the SmartVent and a few other products made to deal with roofs like this, but there is already a brand new one on it from my purchase and most likely can't afford to cut into that and do something new right now.
I understand theres the "proper" way to fix this and get perfect flow going, but does anyone have some more realistic suggestions that will at least get me close and isn't a multi thousand dollar job?
Thanks for your help!!