And Now the Roof – Part 2
Log Home Diary Entry #24
As part of the roof construction, consideration needed to be given to building the dormers. Our roof design included three dormers. There are two gable dormers on the front of the house and a shed dormer on the back, each having a double window. One gable dormer was part of the upper-level guest bedroom, and the other is in the cathedral ceiling to balance the exterior view and to provide light to the great room.
The shed dormer on the back of the house is considerably bigger and is distinguished by a roofline that is built opposite the gable dormer. (We think the proper name is gambrel style.) The shed dormer provides for considerably more headroom on the second floor in the areas including the second bedroom at the rear of the home and the loft area. The great room end of the loft will be left with an open railing. The loft will be a computer work area and a reading area with lake views through the high triangular windows of the great room and a clear view of the large masonry fireplace to be built. (A wood-burning fireplace in a log home is almost mandatory.) The shed dormer in the loft simply makes the space far more open and usable.
This is another area in which to be mindful of what materials your log-home provider includes and what may be a separate expense. In our case, Southland Log Homes provided the material for building the dormers. The roof framing plan provided by Southland allows for the formation of the dormer openings. On each side of the dormer openings, additional rafters are added to support the weight of the dormer walls and roof. The dormer walls are built of conventional 2-by-4 stud framing on 16-inch center. As the dormer walls were built, they were plumbed and diagonally braced until the roof, partition walls and gable ends were completed. Then the dormer wall is securely fastened to the permanent structure. Southland provides exterior log siding for these dormer areas.
With the completion of this roof and dormer framing, the roof is ready for the sheathing. As you may recall, some of the roof sheathing was used as a temporary flooring on the second floor. That sheathing along with the rest of the sheathing is now ready to be moved to the roof and installed. This process moves along quickly, as the roof sheathing is in 4-by-8 sheets. Upon completion, the roof is now ready to be covered with 30-pound roofing felt, which essentially makes the roof weather-tight.
Completion of this phase felt very good to us. With the roof completed, the structural integrity of the house multiplied. We don’t know if this is really true, but we do know that it feels good to have the home protected from the majority of bad-weather elements. As silly as it may sound, we now believe our log home dream is not going to fall down.
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