I love the idea of a metal roof over the top of a house and the house built underneath! A roof that extends beyond the perimeter of the house. A roof that protects from the rain and hot South Texas sun.
Recently I began drawing up several simple buildings with flat tops. I refer to them as my Flat Top Box homes. The idea is a series of simple boxes that can be arranged in multiple configurations to form a home, large or small. The top of the box is weather proof but not intended to be placed directly in the elements. Instead the boxes are assembled under a free standing metal roof to allow ventilation and protection. The design is not new. Double roofs have been around in hot climates for centuries.
The metal roof and supporting structure can be built in as little as a day and provides a dry and protected build site. And by designing using traditional stick frame construction for the living spaces assembly is quick and can be accomplished with off the shelf materials from any lumber yard.
I searched far and wide for similar structures and only found a few examples. I am still looking for the locations of the buildings below but the pictures represent the concept. And with some trim and paint the roof structure, while very industrial, could blend into the design of the house or be left raw and unfinished to stand out as in these images.
Kevin – C3
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