AND WE'RE HAPPY TO SAY WE COMPLETED THE ROOF!
After many long months since the timber trusses were placed as the first portion of the roofing structure, we finally completed the roof! A number of factors contributed to the delay it's completion, and we are thrilled to finally be on the backside of it. The weight/size of the wood and elevation on ladders, had this being one of the most daunting tasks we have taken on since the fire. The living room area has a vaulted ceiling, so in order to make the 20' span with a 12/12 pitch and 19' peak, we used 16-foot, 2x8's on 24" centers. (12/12 means for every 12" of run, it elevates 12" high...so in the 10' run to the center ridge, the pitch rises 10' high.) This section was built with a future house addition in mind, so we had to build it with a reverse gable. The 12/12 pitch meets up to a perpendicular 6/12 pitch, appropriately known as a "bastard hip"...we were very fortunate to have Stephen Wusterhausen assist us with the complex cuts to create the valleys in the turn of the pitch. A local waterproofing contractor, Adrian Santos, kindly helped us cut and lay the metal roof material. During the process of hanging the metal, we also installed the windows and exterior doors.