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I have been hired to build a porch for this couple who wants to extend their porch to the end of the house and come out an extra 4 feet (total size for porch will be 8'X21') and they're wanting a gable style roof with a 5/12 pitch. They're trying to make it so that the door being off centered is not so noticeable and I'm making the pitch not so tall so that it doesn't affect the window adjacent to it. This poor couple has the HOA from Hades. We submitted 8 pages to them with materials and hand drawings of where changes will be made to, but they keep kicking it back to us asking for a professional architectural sketch of what the porch will look like when finished. I'm 67 years old and have been building houses in NC for the past 32 years and never have endured this type of red tape. We just opened up a new company and expanded it in SC and while business has opened significantly, the headaches have poured in.
I don't know how to use any of these fancy programs to do CAD drawings and I don't think my arthritis can handle using the mouse that long. Do you know of any website that I can go to and just enter in what I sketched up? The HOA said they just want to see a picture of what the house will look like when finished. I'm getting about tired of dealing with them too.
 

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Very nice! He should hire you to do some construction documents, working out the kinks on paper ends up being a lot cheaper than in the field.
 

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Andy,
Thank you so much! I have been sitting in the library all morning trying to read about graphic design and looking up Autocad books in the kiosk. I swore I would never join the 21st century digital world but I see more and more the way to compete is to hire a young architect with computer graphing skills. I cannot thank you enough. If you have any websites that you can recommend that will help me learn skills with design work like what you rendered for me please let me know. Also, I would love to pay you for your work. PM me and I can send you something for your troubles.

I think where you placed the pitch is real interesting. The husband kept talking about placing the pitch in the center and making the gable not so large and maybe doing a 4/12 instead of a 5/12 to match the pitches at the top, but I like the way you have the gable stretched out across the length of the porch. I know their question was regarding the left hand side above the garage being short and the right hand addition being raised higher and concerned with it looking added on. The thing though is with this picture I'm adding that they sent me with what they were talking about with the center is that the door here is correctly centered. On their house it's not exactly in the best spot for it to be considered centered. Where you have the pitch starting, my eye goes directly to there instead of the door which is what I think will help with offsetting this displacement. Do you agree?

Man Andy, I am rendered speechless at what you did for me. Seriously, PM me so I can send you some money for your work because I feel like the questions I'm asking and pictures I've shown you should not be left unpaid for.
 

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You are welcome t go ahead and use what I provided here no worries.

There was no particular insight or thought to design sense on this one, I simply put the roof where I interpreted from your sketch that it was to be.

Pure luck that you like it there.

If you could maybe put $50.00 to Catholic Charities USA (or another of your choice) for me that would be fantastic.

Andy.
 

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I've been looking at plans and maps my entire career. You should be ashamed of yourself for complaining that the HOA can't understand your gibberish elevation. I can't either, it looks like the work of a child.
Priceless. :thumbsup:
 

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You are welcome t go ahead and use what I provided here no worries.

There was no particular insight or thought to design sense on this one, I simply put the roof where I interpreted from your sketch that it was to be.

Pure luck that you like it there.

If you could maybe put $50.00 to Catholic Charities USA (or another of your choice) for me that would be fantastic.

Andy.
Wow this is the pinnacle of forum help at its best! :thumbsup:
 
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