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Planning your new home`s design, renovating or extending your house is not just challenging, but also brings up a lot of questions about regulations, permits, town planning. The purpose of our Ask the Designer page is to give you lots of valuable information so you can get prepared. Have a browse through our topics and see if somebody has already asked something similar. Or to save time, type your question topic in the Search box and see what you find. If you can`t find the answer for you question, click on the orange Ask your question here button. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

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We are in the planning stage of a major renovating and extending our 2 level home built in the 1970’s. Will the roof trusses need to be replaced or only the roof sheeting if adding major sections to existing roof?

It is possible to retain the existing roof depending on the scale of work being done which may save on cost. However it is best to consult your builder/ structural engineer about the feasibility of retaining the existing roof. Also consult them about both options before making and big decision especially in relation to structural issues.

What options are available for roof styles?

There are three types of roof styles:

Hip style roof has always been a classic option and will remain timeless. Being a cost effective solution it offers wider eaves which provides good shading around the home and prevent rain from discolouring wall surfaces.

Skillion roofs are a more modern option and have been a trend since the early 2000’s. Though being a more modern option it is still a cost effective solution and provides good protection from the elements.

Parapet walls are currently in style as can be seen in modern style homes. By hiding the roof planes and gutters from ground level view, it gives your home a clean and crisp look modern look.

It is important to choose the right roof for the right areas of your home. Consider the orientation of the sun in relation to your opening and ensure that it meets the room’s functional needs. 


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