Reframe a roof

Old 03-22-10, 12:54 PM
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Reframe a roof

We are contemplating pursuing future renovations that might include reframing the roof (currently a low, hipped roof) to a gable steep enough to provide additional living space.
Obviously these things are very situation-specific, so it's impossible to give too much input, but does reframing a roof along these lines start approaching a tear-down in scope and cost? I've seen comments in previous forums that a roof can be reframed for $50 / sq ft, but I'm guessing that is low -- at least here in Northern CA!
Any comments are helpful and welcome.
Old 03-22-10, 05:58 PM
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If you plan to get a permit from the building dept. you probably need drawings from an architect, who will be able to give you a better idea on the cost.
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This is really not too bad a job. It is labor intensive, but material wise it is not bad. I am not sure I would bid this by the sq. ft, but I would probably bid it by the job. completely tear off the old roof, install the new trusses (use catherdral trusses) and reroof the house. There are other things also like electricity, etc. My off the top of my head I would say maybe around $75 per sq ft. It really depends of the size of your house and roof. Hope this helps.

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