2 Connect The Buildings To Make It One Residence
Problems: The buildings don't line up. (they are offset) They are at different elevations. There is a stairwell in the rear building that cannot be changed. There is a window on the other side of the normal ridge location.
My Solution: Skew the ridge off center so the rafters don't impinge on the headroom of the rear buildings stair opening, (which can't be changed) and narrow but not remove the window opening so you retain the morning light on the second floor of the rear building.
Another problem before construction:
The engineer wants 5 steel columns and pads which will cost $5k each as I will have to have a welder come out at $85 and hour due to the different heights which will not be able to be determined except in the field. (one wall rises while the other side falls)
Solution: As the buildings did not line up, there was an 18" jog outside the bottom of the rear stairs. (see (see the forms jog in picture 1, above) I suggested an 18" engineered wall (ready made) . The engineer calced it out and everything worked. That saved 20K+
PS: I installed all hardware required for earthquakes but kept it hidden as much as possible for aesthetics.
Total cost including $10,000 for the cost of commercial roof materials, $35-40k
We then had to remove and replace all the work on the second and third floors of the rear building at additional costs because none of it was to code specifications.
GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR QUIT. LOOK BEYOND THE MOMENT!
Get your head outside the old smoking box simply by making little changes that remind you are making a change.
Value these changes instead of bemoaning that you can't continue killing yourself and you will receive a better outcome.