I am planning a “to-the-studs” remodel a dilapidated beach house in Southern California. There is a second story addition from the 1980s that has a horrendous roof line. The roof is a traditional gable roof, with the long axis facing the beach. However there is an unusual hip on the street side, and a 4 foot eave on the south side over a balcony. The non-hipped end has a 7 foot eave which I’m trimming down to 4 feet already. The other 2 sides are 1 foot eaves.
This is extremely asymmetric and unsightly where the hipped roof meets the 4 foot south side eave.
Due to the insane zoning laws here, my only two options are to cut off the eave for a clean, symmetric 1 foot eave all around, or leave it as is. My aesthetic instincts are crying out to chop it off, but I know that a robust 4 foot overhang on the south side will be great for ensuring great weather and sun protection.