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[Cob] roof first, roof second...posts?charner at charner.org charner at charner.org
Fri Jan 5 04:54:32 PST 2007
Since you are planning a *huge* house, then I would definitely suggest building the roof first. Unless you are planning to use heavy equipment or have tons of labor, this project will take some time. We built our roof first, had free labor and did tractor cob, (working mostly on the weekends) and it took us 5-6 months for our 600 sf. After a couple of months I removed the temporary posts to sheath our loft. As for your rafters you may mill yourself, I'd recommend doing that now while the sap is down and then allowing it to dry while your still planning. HTH, -Charner Quoting Tys Sniffen <tys at ideamountain.com>: > Hey folks, > > > > My wife and I are deep in planning stages for our *huge* cob house project. > Well, not that huge, but maybe bigger than some. Anyway, we're trying to > decide about the roof. Whether to build it first, and then build the walls > up around it, or build the cob walls up and use them as the load bearing > part to hold the roof up. > > > > Some other facts we are considering: > > - We intend to use a metal roof, for lightness. (light roofs seem like a > good idea here in N. CA- earthquake country > > - we have plenty of long, straight trees to make into beams and posts, so > it's not about size or cost when it comes to that > > - we're currently imagining a two level roof. if you were looking at the > short end, it would look like the left (north) half of the house was shorter > than the right (south) side. I'm actually thinking about two, parallel, (one > on top of the other) ridge beams. > > - there will be solar panels on the south side, so some weight will be an > issue. > > > > Anyway, maybe I'm getting ahead of myself; what's the general consensus: > posts and roof first, or walls first? > > > > Tys > > > > _______________________________________________ > Coblist mailing list > Coblist at deatech.com > http://www.deatech.com/mailman/listinfo/coblist >
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