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Question DetailsAsked on 1/26/2016

can a roof be raised to add height to an existing attic for turning it into a bedroom

Can roof be raised on a small bungalow ( 520 sq. ft. ) to add height to make an existing room tall enough to stand - for use as a bedroom?

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Yes - but it may not be economic - either compared to an addition of comparable square footage (especially if done as a basement plus addition at grade), and also with respect to whether you would ever get the money back at resale time - particularly with much older houses or small ones like yours.

There is also the very real risk of weather damage if the contractor does not do a good job of covering the house during the roof removal and replacement, or stops work when the roof area is open. For your size house, while it is possible to do the roof raising in just a day or so with a large crane, that is very rarely economic, so generally the roof is torn off, the trusses or rafters removed, new stubwalls raised up, then the roof framing put on top of the walls and new sheathing/roofing applied - which can be a week or more work even assuming he works continuously and aggressively on your job only during that time.

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