My husband and I own a 30'x30' one story 2BR 1BA home with a walk-up attic(built in the mid 30's.)Our young family is growing and we would like to convert the attic into at least two bedrooms by installing a shed dormer out the back and perhaps two dormers in the front. We'd like to do as much of the work ourselves as possible. Our plan is to live in the house for the next 8-10 years and then use it as a rental.We would need to install a new staircase, since the existing one is currently located on the back porch and is too narrow for daily use. THE MAIN PROBLEM is that during a previous addition, the new roof was braced off of the old roof. Is there a way to salvage the existing roof or will it have to be removed entirely? (We are actually not entirely opposed to this because we would like to raise the pitch of the roof to convert it to a Cape Cod style.)If it must be removed what would be an estimate of the cost to replace the roof on a 30'x30' house? Who can we contact to help us find out this info? Can a builder determine this or must we hire an architect?
What other things should we keep in mind for a project like this? Any *** **** shows on the subject? What a great show this would make!--in a clean, close-knit, picturesque little town in Ohio. Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated!!!!