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I would cover the openings with plastic sheet or some other water proof material. It doesn't have to be perfect, just enough to prevent the rain getting onto sensitive surfaces. The timbers should be treated and should be able to withstand some rain, but you don't want water getting into the walls etc. The main issue I see would be how to ensure it was ...


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There are a few considerations to cost, I don't consider reliability to be a major factor in either style of roof. Dormer and shed style roofs have been used for many hundreds of years successfully. The main choice for either of these is aesthetics, and simplicity of assembly. First, if you have to deal with a large snow load it is cheaper and easier to go ...


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You're basically asking how to convert an unconditioned space into a conditioned space. This requires opening up the space to the existing conditioned part of the house and closing it off to the unconditioned space. I challenge your belief that it isn't vented. I suspect that it is vented - there will (or should) be some kind of air gap between the top ...


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Windows need framing around them, to support the hole-in-the-wall the window represents. This means that support framing (IF you have wooden framing) will be immediately to the left, right and above the window, within the first several inches. Small test nailings can be done in the area in question, just deep enough to prove wood-or-not. Drillings with ...


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With the shed style, you have fewer intersections to worry about so statistically you would have a lower risk of leaks. But if a quality contractor does the construction of either style, then you don't have worry about this being a problem. Depending on the construction of the roof, a shed style dormer might not be possible. It's also possible you might not ...


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It depends on who you are going to hire and for what. If you will be doing most of the work yourself and if you know who you would hire for the remaining tasks then I would pick the second option. This is a big project. Things will take longer than you think, especially just getting the details down before you actually start doing things. If you just ...


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The two phase may cost you more, unless you are doing some portions yourself. The reason is time. The general contractors major contribution is scheduling. He gets his best prices from subs by giving them consistent work of known quantities. A two phase plan is really 2 unique jobs, from the general contractors' perspective. What you are proposing is ...



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