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July 23, 3:53 AM [GMT -5]

It says you can make it up to 2 ft wider or longer without compromising the structural stability. To make it even longer, could one add afew additional rafters-it looks like they are spaced every 2 ft ( 24 " OC ) and simply extend the 2 side support beams and center ridge beam to support that extra lenghth ? Especially pertinent to know if might build it as a an achored stand alone structure rather than attaching it to the existing house.

July 01, 6:38 PM [GMT -5]

Great question...

I also like the idea of building it as free standing structure. If I had to guess, someone could add two more pilasters to the opposite side, but I would be concerned about the overall stability. Where I live is really windy, and this looks like a great big sail.

How else could you strengthen it?

July 25, 7:44 PM [GMT -5]

I too am going to attempt an unattached...anybody have any comments?

July 25, 3:56 PM [GMT -5]

I am thinking of trying this project, but I do not want to attach it to my home. What changes will be necessary for a free standing structure?

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