It turns out that we didn’t really buy a building, we bought a roof! We bought a roof with a whole lot of unused space beneath it. Remarkably, the distance from the second floor ceiling to the roof’s peak is 28 feet! At present all of that space is unusable. This week was spent removing drywall and plaster to get a good view of the crazy structure that comprises the roof’s framing system. Now that we have a better view of what’s going on, the engineers have arrived at an elegant solution to what seemed like a complex (read: expensive) problem. We’ll show the answer in a future post but we are delighted that we will be able to minimize materials, give function to the volume and open up the space. It’s not often that the forensics of an old building lead to an optimal outcome all around. Now we can move on to roofing material samples, solar panels and skylights…stay tuned!