So we had this situation where our laundry machines were outside, and while it was fine when the weather was nice, doing the whole laundry deal
wasn’t so pleasant when the rain started comin’ down. The laundry machines themselves were tucked nicely under the awnings, but anyone who might be standing in front of them would get no shielding – not to mention, if there was any wind, even the awnings which came out generously would be unable to protect the laundry machines.
We had a temporary roof that we threw up, but it wasn’t exactly the best. Ok, that’s actually an understatement. It was a joke! The thing was put up in 30 minutes with old garbage wood that was lying around and looked so bad, it was painful to even look at. We had a surprisingly large amount of snow this last winter, and you can imagine how our poor little roof looked after taking over a foot of it. It had very little slope which didn’t exactly help.
It was clear that this predicament couldn’t be allowed to go on any longer, so I set out to begin making plans for a new roof over the whole area. I figured if I was going to do it, I would do it right and extend it over a larger area to accommodate other things, such as bicycles, that needed a roof overhead. In the end, the roof turned out to be over 18 m2, which might be rather large for what was initially only for two washing machines and their users.
It slopes downwards at a 25 degree angle – the same as the main house roof, for aesthetics. Others would probably opt to build the roof extending from under the existing roof awning for simplicity, but I wasn’t about to cut corners on this project. As the house roof came down at the said 25 degree angle, the lowest point right under the rain gutters stood under 2.5 meters. To build the new roof under this would be extremely limiting, not to mention a bit claustrophobic.
If we were to build from under the existing roof, we certainly wouldn’t have been able to have such a lovely steep angle, that’s for sure! In terms of durability, the steeper the angle, the better. That is of course, also taking into consideration usability and aesthetics. The steeper the angle the faster water and snow will shed, and the less likely it is to build up dead leaves and other garbage that would otherwise decay and shorten the roof life.
Looking from afar, having the same angle as the main house depicts a structure that’s meant to be there – as opposed to one with a different angle, which may suggest an add-on or temporary structure. The obvious issue with building over the existing roof is that rain falling at an angle other than straight down, may make its way through the consequent opening, as well as snow cascading down the roof and onto unsuspecting traffic below – which has happened!
So my solution was to simply build a guard along the opening between the two roofs
to stop both rain and snow from terrorizing anybody. It’s not nice to get snow dumped on you whilst washing your laundry. I mean, you’re already cold and wanting to get back inside as quickly as possible, and then as luck would have it, you get a bath tub’s worth of snow deposited right on top of you, going down your collar and all…NOT so fun eh?
Most of the notching was done with a router and chisel, with the exception of a few on the edges that were done with a circular saw. Not everyone likes notching – for various reasons. These reasons may include personal preference, lack of time, or simply not having the tools to do the job. But if you have the wherewithal to put some notching on your work, I believe it’s more than worth the trouble in the long term.