Open concept roof design. What to choose?

Old 02-13-09, 08:39 PM
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Open concept roof design. What to choose?

I'm planning to build a house in the mountains in the carribbean. It will be of block construction with a poured ring beam. It's dimensions are 30' x 30' (perfect square). I want a gable roof that is 1/2 pitch using wood rafters and purlins and that will be completely open underneath (loft idea - no ceiling joists). I want to avoid a 'timber beam' idea, due to weight and complexity of construction and possible scarcity of quality timbers in the area. Is there a way to have the type of roof I want? What is it called? I have seen something they call collar beam roofs, but will that work for the 30' span? What will do the job? Thanks.
Old 02-15-09, 12:21 PM
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The name I use for that type of ceiling is cathedral ceiling.

Other than that, I know next to nothing about their construction and design, particularly in the caribbean. Maybe someone else here can give some insight about them.

Good luck with your project, let us know how it goes

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