09:16PM | 01/12/14
Member Since: 01/12/14
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I live in a Colonial Style Home which has a slight, approximately 5" Garrison Style overhang from the second story over the first. Can anyone tell me if there is anyway to eliminate this overhang? I absolutely cannot stand it and not sure why it was even built that way in the first place. I love the house otherwise, but really didn't pick up on that overhang until after moving in; I would have still purchased the home anyway. I'm really into the flat front of traditional colonials/federal style homes and this overhang kind of impedes the look I'm trying to achieve. I'll start off here and get some ideas from others.

Thanks in advance.


11:19AM | 01/14/14
Member Since: 01/14/14
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It can be done but would be extremely expensive!
It would involve removing that whole wall, cutting back all the floor joist, redoing that whole side of the roof then redoing all the siding.
That's just a short list of what's involved.


06:18PM | 01/14/14
I was thinking could build out the lower portion. Wouldn't that be an easier solution? I thought about taking away the second story like you state, but did seem like would be alot more involved.


08:44AM | 01/15/14
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That also could be done but would require a new footing to be pored, old steps removed, foundation built, false walls built inside to temporarily support the whole second floor, wall removed, flooring cut out, new floor system built, wall built, new siding.
You would be lucky to get it done for less then $20,000 to $30,000. Going to have to make some local calls for real prices.

Even if you cantilevered the floor with no foundation you still would have to cut the flooring on the first floor.


05:10PM | 01/15/14
wow, the overhang is only 6" at best, not 3'....all that work to masquerade the 6"??? Seems to me like it would be alot simpler than that. I understand the concrete porch would have to be moved; it's not that big anyway. As far as foundation goes, would probably just cantilever it; would be a false wall anyway with no substantial weight on it. Just my thoughts on how it could be done, I'm not the expert though.


11:09AM | 01/16/14
Member Since: 01/14/14
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That new extended floor would have to be strong enough to support a wall, windows, door, sheathing, insulation, sheetrock, siding. ECT.
Why not call some local contractors? It would be a lot better to have someone on site to look it over.
Anyone here is just going to be guessing.


11:17AM | 03/27/14
Member Since: 03/27/14
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You can "hide" the overhang by adding a front porch, and have the roof of the porch tie in above the overhang. The ceiling of the porch is in alignment with the soffit of the overhang, making it disappear. Here is example. This is a 1973 Garrison style house and we added the porch to hide the overhang.
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