Attic truss vs. shed roof: Cost, complexity, energy and finished living space
We bought a lot in the Twin Cities, MN and have an architect builder friend helping us with designs. Much of his work is on projects that are paid for by the city and also remodels, so cost estimates are hard to determine.
We are trying to build a simple home (800 sf on first floor) and later convert the second floor to a living space as well. My wife and I both like the coziness of an attic space and do not require a full second floor with 8′ or 9′ walls.
The shed roof would have two sheds. One would sit higher (say sloping west) and be the roof over the living space, allowing fixed lights on the vertical bearing wall above the lower shed roof (sloping east) that would be above the garage. We want the option to have living space above the garage as well some day.
The attic truss option would extend over the garage and living space together until the garage ends (28 feet deep) and then the house extends another 22 feet with another truss design.
Which style would cost less?
Which style would be easier to build?
Which style would be simper to make energy efficient?
Which style would create a better living space?
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