design secrets affordable Roof & Ceiling
Apply these tips to the roof and ceilings of your log home to cut costs without sacrificing value.
by: Charles Bevier

16. Top Heavy
Keep your roof simple with a single ridgeline instead of "hips and valleys" or multiple roof planes. Extreme angles, such as turrets or an angled prow under an A-frame, cost more in materials and labor.

17. Looking Up
If you worship cathedral ceilings, use them in the great room—but keep the ceiling height in other rooms lower (in the 8-foot realm), suggests Sam Satterwhite.

18. Sky’s the Limit
If you can afford dramatic skylights, go for it. But also consider solar tubes. "They bring in natural light and cut down on installation and materials costs," explains Lynn Gastineau.

19. Timbers!
To save money, use a conventional truss or rafter roof system in the attic, with smaller, decorative timbers and non-structural tongue-and-groove decking.

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