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Last May, my company, Four Corners Construction, added a second story to a three-bedroom ranchstyle house. The owner of the house was about to be married in June. Both he and his wife-to-be had children from previous marriages and they needed the extra space for their expanding family. This gave us about six weeks to convert the house to four bedrooms, which involved adding a new master bedroom and bath, plus an office, on the second floor. What made this project unusual was that we used a crane to remove two-thirds of the existing roof, then replaced it atop the new second level a few hours later. The house was opened to the weather for less than a day. It