Saturday, April 9, 2011
Making Models of Our New Addition
The last few weeks before we both left for a little holiday I have been pushing to complete a model of what our next renovations will look like. We are planning to build a carport to connect our house and garage... and put a studio 22 x 36 feet above.
We want to be sure that this "addition" will tie into the existing residence and garage and not look like an "add on" but rather give the impression that this was the way it was designed to be from the very beginning.
To overcome the feeling that this studio/carport was an add-on I thought it might help to extend the studio over the top of the garage about 6-feet...
As much as both Shirley liked this plan in general, I told Shirley that I would still make another model with the roof following the same angle as the main house, instead of at right angles as Plan A and B are.
Major disadvantages of this design are that it does not have any clerestory windows, so doesn't tie in as well to the original house. The symmetry of the roof forces me to move the the support posts closer to the existing garage so that they can carry the central beam at the top of the roof... and that makes access to the left side of the carport more restricted... likely too tight to get our F-350 truck in and out.
So, it looks like we will still have to make another model and try to correct the deficiencies.
The bottom line is that both Shirley and I are really pleased about the way this plan feels and works.
Our last day before leaving on our trip away from our island I had a meeting with the building inspector on site to get an understanding of the requirements here to get a building permit. Later in the day I had a two hour meeting with our local roofer and he educated us in the pros and cons and costs of several possible options. We plan to redo our entire house and garage with the same product we pick for the new addition.
Building something new is always exciting... and this summer things will be very exciting for us on Mayne Island.
"The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live." -Flora Whittemore