I don't know if many housebuilding type people are one here much but I'd kinda like an opinion on something, do ya'll think a small A-frame second story would look good on a 4:12 roof? I was never happy with this roof pitch, and the damn place is too small already.
But it's kinda the only way, all exterior walls have the (also expensive) siding up; an a-frame could be put directly on top of the existing roof so nothing would be wasted unlike if I tore off a wall of siding or a whole room.but all that being said I'm open to all ideas
You'd be placing the weight of all that extra roof on a section of possibly unsupported roof. Are there some interior walls under those sections where the bottom of the "A" meets the current roof?
Could I build it on top of trusses or would it have to be built up off the top wall plate?
No, don't build on top of the trusses. You need to have proper engineering and design to support all the added weight. Remember, the original roof is only built so it can carry whatever weight/force is applied to it, like a snow load for instance or hard wind. Building something like in the OP on top of that means all that added weight is added to the weight/forces that will already be hammering it. You also have to include the weight of whatever you will be filling that new space with.
So, no, you need to add proper supports for this. Don't half ass it or this time next year it may very well be coming down.
Are you going to have exterior stairs to get to the second floor, or have to take up more first floor room to have interior stairs?
Do you have any way to reliably carry the point load of the two A-frame walls all the way to solid footing without, again taking away first story area?
Are your trusses engineered to accommodate building bullshit on top of it? (Answer is no...already been said but just seconding that point)
Im with the add a second story on top of existing walls idea. You have metal roofing and scissor trusses so it wouldnt be impossible to save it all and reuse it to finish the roof again once the second story is build. Spend the money to build another floor system and four walls and not to rebuild the entire thing when your trusses collapse from dead load of your A-frame idea.
seeing that makes living in that shack considerable more appealing.
that pic is breaking my brain
Fuck that. It would look awful
Do a steeple instead, with a perimeter deck you can walk out on. It would look like a wizard hut and everyone would be afraid to fuck with you.
Thanks for pointing out really well exactly what I was going to say.
Op, judging by the lean on that and a number of other nearby trees in your picture, I'd be way more worried about slope movement than whether you have enough space.
OP, why not an A-frame style that extends to the eaves on the left, and the point where the roof changes pitch on the right?
Seems like you;d have an easier time roofing (water, valleys, flashing etc) and the wall on the left would be strong enough. You;d just have to make sure your wall on the right was strong enough- maybe sister up a few studs.
Alternatively, you could bury a shipping container out front...