Ever tried to make an omelet without breaking an egg? If you were searching for an analogous challenge in residential remodeling, it would no doubt be adding a second story addition without pulling off an existing roof with the help of some commercial roofing companies in Aurora Colorado.

STRITE’s president, Bob Mundy, is hardly one to walk away from a challenge — particularly when it’s structural in nature. Among the pleasures of being in our industry, after all, are the problem solving opportunities inherent in working within existing constraints rather than building from scratch.

We recently finished up a project in which our clients wanted to add around 200 square feet to the second story of their home, in what had been dead attic space, in order to create a dedicated quilting room for the wife. The attic was located above the first floor dining room, with about half an inch separating the two, floor and ceiling. Seeing this, along with identifying a bearing point on the common wall with the kitchen, Bob decided to do something STRITE had never before attempted. When our clients realized that in taking the approach he recommended they could continue to live virtually undisturbed in the rest of their home during the course of the remodel, and without adding cost to the project, they were only too happy to consent.


How could you not trust a face like Bob Mundy’s?

“Basically, what we did was hire the expertise of roofers from this website to take the single story truss roof off one side of the house without affecting the entry, another side, or rear of the home,” Bob explained. “This is very unique.”

STRITE’s construction team began the process by cutting a hole out of the trusses, after removing all the insulation from the attic. “We then ‘sistered up’ 2x12s to the existing trusses to give them strength, and began to cut the trusses out,” said Bob.  We covered the hole so we wouldn’t go into the dining room,”  an accomplishment that our clients greatly appreciated.  “We could be sitting at the table having dinner and not know that anything was going on above us,” observed the husband.

“I came up with the idea of doing this from seeing what was structurally possible based on bearing points down below,” Bob said. “We found a bearing point on the common wall with the kitchen and then put a header on the back of the house to carry the weight of the floor system and the roof.  The trusses are attached to the new house wall in line with the existing roof. It’s a first!” We counseled with our friends over at northern california roofing to make sure we didn’t mess anything up.

While it may be a “first,” it is hardly an “only.” Said Bob, “We’re doing something similar in Surprise Valley…overcoming single story trusses. Rather than take the whole truss off the back of the garage we’re just cutting it back so that as you look at the back of the house you’re seeing a wall that has now become the point of strength for the house. In the old days you would just have pulled the whole roof off. This approach maximizes the homeowners’ square footage, which adds additional value to the house as well as saving them thousands of dollars.”

We love thinking outside the frame — and having someone with Bob Mundy’s experience makes doing so second nature to us, and a source of professional satisfaction.


Completed Above the Garage Addition by Strite Design in Boise, Idaho


When a family increases by one child more than the number of bedrooms, it’s time to consider a larger home — but that doesn’t mean buying a new one.  Think of this situation as an opportunity to customize, as well as add on.


Our client’s family had increased by a child, and with only two kids’ rooms in their current floor plan, they needed to add a new bedroom to accommodate number three.  Having recently spent some time overseas, however, they wanted a design that would reflect a new esthetic sensibility as well as provide more space.


The original floor plan design for the new addition had been created by an architect whom our clients had hired.  As the folks who were responsible for building it, however, we found some aspects of the design to be a bit awkward.  The first thing we did in redesigning the space was to create a larger family area as part of the new bedroom addition.


We ripped out the two original kids’ rooms and used the space over the home’s garage to frame three bedrooms and a family room.  This was a more technically demanding project than it might seem on its surface, since we had to accommodate existing duct work in the construction.  In designing the layout of the new rooms, we made sure that each of them had windows on two sides — something we are big believers in doing.


Along with the windows in each child’s bedroom, we added a skylight to the new family room space to bring in more natural light.  The result of the project was a balancing of personal and communal space that appealed to the newfound sense of esthetics that our clients had acquired while living overseas, and gave new meaning to the expression, “one big happy family.”  Great design, when applied to where we live, has a way of bringing joy to our lives.

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