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Raising The Roof. Just In Case You Need A Little More Head Room. The Starting Point. This Shop needed a bit more head room, 12' just wasn't enough, so we gave them a 20' ceiling. The original 12' ceiling was at the top of the block wall, which had a wood truss roof structure.

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raising the roof

Raising The Roof

Just In Case You Need A Little More Head Room

slide2

The Starting Point

This Shop needed a bit more head room, 12' just wasn't enough, so we gave them a 20' ceiling. The original 12' ceiling was at the top of the block wall, which had a wood truss roof structure.

slide3

Preparing The Roof

Here we have prepared the roof system for lifting (by Dietz House Movers out of Muskegon, MI). The existing plate bolts have been cut free along with electrical, plumbing and mechanical in the attic.

slide4

The Cut

The cut in the roof is visible just above the meters. This will provide 2000 sq. ft. of floor space with a 20' high ceiling.

slide5

Going Up

The lifting process has started. The roof is jacked up from inside.

slide6

Second Floor - House Wares

The lifting process progresses in stages based on the lifting range of the hydraulic jacks. The prefabricated wall sections are leaning against the wall.

slide7

Top Floor - Everybody Out

The roof system including the original ceiling has reached it's maximum height at 20' 6" above the ground. The cribbing structure used to support the structure is clearly visible. The structure is chained down inside for stability.

slide8

New Supporting Walls

The prefabricated wall sections have been installed on this side of the building, but we're not home yet. The structure still wants to act like an airplane wing in the wind.

slide9

Finally Sitting On The New Walls

The three walls that provide the structural stability are in place and it is time to set the roof structure down on the walls. It was a perfect fit. Straight up and straight down, every thing lined up.

slide10

A Big Room Needs A Big Door

The last wall was installed once the structure was stabilized so that the 14' x 14' garage door could be cut into to block wall. As if this was not a challenging enough project, we did this in January and February in Michigan.

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In Perspective

Sometimes it is hard to visualize how big something is when you look at too closely. The small door on the left is a standard 3-0 entry door. You've got to love the snow and ice.

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The Rest Of The Shop

The front half of the shop is visible on the left. The front still has the original 12' high ceilings.

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Closed In

The only thing left to finish closing in this addition is the 14' x 14' garage door and a little masonry work when it thaws in the spring. The peak of the gable is 30' above the ground, well under the 35' zoning limit.

slide14

From The Inside Out

All that snow outside created a bit too much glare through the 14'x 14' garage door opening. The original 12' ceiling was at the top of the cement block.

slide15

20' Of Head Room

The 20' ceiling sits on the 8' wood framed walls, which sit on 12' block walls. The lower section of wall to the right of the press is now a partition wall which can be removed to open into the other half of the shop.