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Question DetailsAsked on 12/9/2019

Approaches to rebuilding an older detached single car garage with higher ceilings.

I've a detached garage built 1947, that's going to become my workshop (painting studio to be exact). I hope to rebuild it with 8'-9" ceiling height, insulation, drywall, maybe 2 skylights. Still a shop/garage in nature, not a polished ADU. I hope to keep the foundation, so same footprint, same roof pitch, same gable structure, but higher walls and minimize trusses/collar ties, or better still see if I could do a ridge beam. A small structure that feels big.

I'm guessing a lot of this depends on the current foundation. It looks good imo, minimal cracking, but I doubt there's footer. My question, permitting aside (which I'll have to get), is what would you do? Approach, problems, obvious possibilities? How to keep it elegant and smart.

I thought maybe if the foundation is on the lighter side, if it was a ridge beam ceiling, it'd be about pouring a footer area for the support post, opposed to redoing the whole pad.

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