I am doing a pretty significant garage renovation and had a couple questions.
I was originally going to just replace the loft (the original wasn't supported on top the stud wall on side which always bothered me), but I've decided to do without the loft and just open up the garage a bit. I had a couple of friends come by with building experience and they've suggested removing the trusses from the garage and just doubling up on the collar ties.
The garage is about 10.5' wide by 26' long. Here are some photos:
This is the old loft, I apologize for the mess and wires in the photo
Here is the garage with no loft, you can see the truss(es) in the photos that I am thinking of removing:
What do you guys think about putting collar ties on every rafter and doubling them up and then removing the truss?
I built a 10'x16' shed with the 13' walls in my backyard and I didn't use any trusses, but my garage is a little bigger so I am not sure if it would negatively affect the structural integrity.
Also, since removing the old loft, the left side (not connected to home) garage stud wall lost a little support, should I add extra support for that in some way?
I made the actual questions bold.