I would like to build a small (12X16′) shop addition to the back of my garage. The home was built in 1950 and the 20X20′ garage is detached. The garage has a very low pitch to the roof (maybe 18 degrees or so) and a 7’6″ ceiling. It is wood framed with a block foundation. In addition there is a slight grade to my lot that rises to the rear of the property. My contractor insists on building an 8′ ceiling structure with a more modern pitch to the roof and would like to raise the roof of the garage to make the ceiling 8′ and perhaps change the pitch at the same time. I want to keep it simple and in character with the style of the home. My idea would make the shop slighty below grade with a block foundation and slab floor and 7’6″ wall height with open ceiling. It would mean you will step down into the shop and of course there are the drainage issues. Does this sound feasible or am I crazy?
Edited 5/27/2002 2:46:34 PM ET by Bitman