Roof remodel (pics): Why would architect say this?
While I'm normally on the Paint and Kitchens forum here on GW, this question came up that I can't go forward on without getting your collective wisdom. Apologies for the length--I just want to capture it all here so you get the background.
We're remodeling our kitchen and using a local architect, and at the same time, we want to re-do the roof of this "ell" that's on the back of the house (it's currently the mud room going into the kitchen). Here's are two photos of what it currently looks like:
Currently, that roof blocks some of the view from the 2nd-story window in the bay on the left side, and what I'd like is to have the roof replaced such that I get more view from that 2nd-story window.
What I originally had in mind is something like a hip roof extending from the current "point" where today's roof meets the wall and slanting down to the corners of the ell.
The architect did a line treatment of what I had in mind, and a second one. He said to me:
"If you do the roof like you are thinking, then the angles for the roof planes on the two sides will be different than the angles in the 'front'."
I said: "So? Why is that important?"
He said: "That's not how architects usually design. We usually have the angles of the roof planes the same."
When I pressed him for why, all he came up with was that architects don't design roofs to have those different angles.
Here are the line drawings; I hope you can see what he means about the angles. (I just realized that they aren't the most magnified scans--if you all say you need it blown up, let me know and I'll scan them larger over the weekend).
Now, I can certainly understand the benefit to me if there's a huge cost between building one way vs another, and I can understand the benefit to me if there's something structurally more sound in one way or another. But he said that the cost of doing it the Option A way is not much more. He advocates Option B, saying it will still allow for the extra view from the upper-story window and not really much patching of the siding.
My husband thinks that Option B will mean more snow hanging around on the roof (this is north-facing, New England), because it is less of a pitch. I don't want to go with Option B unless I understand where it is coming from, and what the the benefit is to me (e.g, less costly to build, less rain/leaking problems, etc).
Being an "S" on the Myers-Briggs, I just had to make a 3-D model of the Option A to see how "horrible" it is. It was a pain to construct from what the architect's drawings, but it doesn't look that bad to me (my less-than-perfect cardboard construction notwithstanding):
Option A -- Side view:
Option A -- "Front-ish" view:
Option A -- "Front" view:
(I got so tired the night I did the cardboard Option A that I haven't done the Option B yet. However, I will do it if it would help get your best advice here.)
What do you think? Why would an architect want to have the side roof planes at the same angle as the 'front' one in Option A?
I don't know what I don't know--are there some standard, structural reasons why we should avoid Option A like the plague? Something that'll bite us down the road?
Obi Wan Kenobis of GW, you're my only hope!!
Thanks in advance,