Rafters are up!

It was a busy month… I traveled to Missouri for my great grandma’s 99th birthday party, so we missed a work weekend (worth it). We’ve also been taking quite a few beach days, and it’s been so incredibly hot here that we just can’t work some days! My new printing press also arrived, so I’ve been busy printing some jobs for my business, Proton Paperie & Press.

But we’ve completed our rafters, which is a big step! Honestly, we thought they were going to be harder than they were, so maybe we were avoiding them a little bit… Here are some pictures, with more construction details below:

First, we built the ridge beam — for steel framing, this is a piece of “C” inside of track. Since our pieces were 10′ long, and we needed a 20′ beam, we staggered the joins by cutting one of the C pieces into two. It was very sturdy and not too hard to manage with two people. The first two rafters were attached directly to the gable end walls. Then, we lifted up the ridge beam, placed it, and screwed the rafters to it.

The rest of the rafters help support the middle of the ridge beam — they’re connected directly to the beam with a clip angle on one side, and directly to the top track of the wall with a different clip angle. We made all the clip angles ourselves out of left over pieces of track and “C”. This was a bit of work, but a lot cheaper and less wasteful than buying premade ones.

We were a little worried that we weren’t including horizontal ties to prevent the house from “spreading”, like is recommended in steel framing guides (these would make the cathedral ceiling filled with joists)… but most of the span tables for rafters in guides start at 24′ and go up  from there. Since our house is MUCH smaller than that (~8′), we decided to go ahead and try it our way. It seems extremely stable — another win for tiny!

We’re currently working on sheathing the sides, then we’ll get the roof on. We’re trying to decide on a color for our metal roof! What do you think, blue or metallic copper?

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