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Old 11-20-2011, 09:30 AM   #1
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Default 28 or 26' attic/storage truss, how much room for storage???(PICS)

I plan on submitting plans this week for a 28x34' garage

Town size limit is 1000sq/ft

TRUSSES???

1. looks like the attic truss will get some decent storage space up top, am I just being lazy to avoid rafters?? I've got a 5 man crew with much more experience than myself to complete the project(a few are prior framers)

2. Pitch w/ 'attic truss', looks like the higher roof will look much better also

Basically a 28x34/35 box with trusses on top; 9x8 garage doors

Also, looking for a 10' ceiling; cars lifted will be C5/6 Corvettes, <4' tall when picking up by the frame rail, at 6'2" I may not be able to walk under the car, but will still be able to do typical drivetrain swaps with ease

Here are some pics of a C5 drivetrain drop and a 65 at my uncle's shop, Bendpak ACX10(nothing to do with trusses, obviously)
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:46 AM   #2
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Default Re: 28 or 26' attic/storage truss, how much room for storage???(PICS)

this is what I'm talking about, I guess you lose about a few feet on each side vs. rafters??
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:51 AM   #3
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Default Re: 28 or 26' attic/storage truss, how much room for storage???(PICS)

In my area, anything over a 14' span needed an engineered truss/drawing. But we have snow loads, etc to consider.

Pre-built trusses sure are nice, but they are also costly. My trusses cost more than all of the rest of the building lumber (including OSB sheathing) put together.

The higher the pitch, the more headroom you will have. Check with your truss designer. With only 28' long truss you are going to need to go at least 6/12 to get a decent head room.
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:25 AM   #4
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Default Re: 28 or 26' attic/storage truss, how much room for storage???(PICS)

If you plan a lift 12' ceiling is a must for clearance and the attic trusses are a great idea. You can get a lot of storage that way at a minumin cost. Attic trusses are not really as expensive as everyone wants to believe.
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:26 AM   #5
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My garage is 24 x 40, with a 10/12 pitch roof and attic trusses. The space upstairs is 12 feet wide by about 7 feet high (the photo below is during construction, the floor hadn't been installed yet.) I built the garage nearly 15 years ago so I don't recall how much the trusses cost (plus the price would be out of date anyway) but they weren't all that much more than regular trusses. Plus, you have to remember they go up faster than regular rafters so the extra cost is offset somewhat by less labor.
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:26 AM   #6
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Stuart, that shop is Outstanding!!! the roofline is the same as my 1918 house(small hip area) that would give me over 400sq of storage space
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Old 11-20-2011, 12:51 PM   #7
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Ask the truss designer for the floor load on the attic truss. Don't think you are getting a strong upstairs...Light loads are ok, but heavy furniture/storage is out. Don 't ask me how I know.
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Old 11-20-2011, 05:02 PM   #8
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I have 32' gambrel trusses and they were $145 each.You can find some information here: http://www.apmbuildings.com/attic-storage-truss.shtml
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I keep tellin myself I gonna go with 2/3 scissor trusses and 1/3rd 2x6 trusses for storage... but now I likin the looks of the steeper pitch roofs better.
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Old 11-20-2011, 05:30 PM   #10
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I lover the extra storage.I have 16' x 48' x 8 storage space.I have a scissor lift I am installing in the floor that will lift items to the second floor.

They asked if I would be using the storage for hay as they would make the trusses substantially stronger.
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Old 11-20-2011, 05:35 PM   #11
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It would cost you more to frame it, because you would need some big lumber to make those spans. I have done both. In your case, trusses make sense, IMO.
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:16 PM   #12
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Tried to get attic trusses for my 42x72. They won't go any bigger than 36 here. Plus the price. 42x72 is average 32,000 with 14 walls. 36x78x10 with attic trusses is 50,000
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But we don't know where " here" is......
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:18 PM   #14
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Ooops sorry. Peoria Illinois
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I had prices quoted in March,2011 from Carter lumber for 6/12 common truss for a 32'x 56' garage.....4' OC with a one foot overhang on all 4 sides (15 trusses) for $1260. Also was quoted, same dimentions, a price with an attic truss, 8/12 pitch, 2'OC, 27 trusses, for m$4,444. I would gain an attic space of approx. 16'x56'x7 foot high. So I would have gained 896 sq. ft. Of floor/storage space for $3.55 a square foot. Which is a beautiful thing.....IF you have the extra 3,184 dollars in your pocket. Oh....did you say you wanted a set of steps to get up to the attic? $$$$$$$ Oh, did you say you wanted a floor in the attic?$$$$$$$$$. Oh, did you want lighting in the attic? $$$$$$$. And so it goes. It all sounds good till you get the estimate. This is why you take YOUR guess at what this is going to cost ya, and then triple it. It's a disease I tell ya, a disease!
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To attic truss or not to attic truss.

YES!




let me find pics now that I've got the full floor in place.
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:31 PM   #17
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I have a scissor lift I am installing in the floor that will lift items to the second floor.
thread hijack - unless you have one - pics, details? I've had crummy luck finding something affordable to do the 13-14ft lift I need to get to mine (but I've got a nice place for it, where the stairs turn left)
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Consider this design for attic truss , $230 a piece, I only lost 2 foot on each end. For the knee walls you can go up to 5' which is what I did, makes for a big room. 27 trusses up in less than 2 hours.

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thread hijack - unless you have one - pics, details? I've had crummy luck finding something affordable to do the 13-14ft lift I need to get to mine (but I've got a nice place for it, where the stairs turn left)
I have the lift,pit in the floor and opening in the ceiling but the lift is not in the pit at this time as I am waiting until the floor is finished before I install it.It is just a simple man lift that I am going to trim the fat off of.24' high and 700lb capacity that I picked up for $500 used.
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Consider this design for attic truss , $230 a piece, I only lost 2 foot on each end. For the knee walls you can go up to 5' which is what I did, makes for a big room. 27 trusses up in less than 2 hours.

that is awesome!! I just don't think it would fit will in my area for looks
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