You could put on a flat roof. How high would that make your house?
You could make the ceilings 7 feet tall on the second floor. I know I
could stand up in a room with a 7 foot ceiling, or even 6'6". Would
that meet code?
Sorry, Ed, Trader. . I read that as maximum. Although I'd like to
see the exact wording for that requirement too. Perhaps it says
"Pitched roofs must be at least 4 inches in 12"or something else that
doesn't require pitched roofs.
Truly flat roof design is no longer legal in commercial work. Code
requires a minimum of 1/4 per foot. In fact, re-roofs require positive
drainage often accomplished with a tapered roof system on top of the
existing flat roof.
As to the OP trying to add a second floor, someone else already pointed
out that there is no way. The existing top plate will be over 8', 2nd
floor joists and decking will be close to 12", new roof joists (even on
a minimum slope flat roof) will be another 12" or more. These figures
will result in less than 7' head clearance in the second floor. The
split level solution suggested could be quite viable. It does sound
like the HOA didn't want to ruin anybody's view of the mountains - a
common issue in mountainous communities.
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