In my mind what distinguishes the homes that I admire and those that are ho-hum is the accumulation of small details.
|>Roof Line & Detail|
|One issue with the 10-inch thick SIPs for me was exposing them on the eaves and overhangs. For aesthetic reasons I wanted a thin roof line that would conceal the true height of the foam roof. For this reason cedar tines were assembled on the ground and then brought up and bolted on in 8-foot sections. A plywood deck was then attached, giving the roof a clean, sharp line. The tines add rich detail, like a crown of wood.|
|I hadn't given much thought to the railing detail. The plans were
blank on this item. As soon as the idea of pegging them came into
my mind no other solution seemed right.
|I wanted people to enter through a low entryway and then emerge
into the larger interior space. Since building the house I've come
to find out this was a technique employed by Frank
Lloyd Wright. The ceiling is just over 7-feet in the mud room
and hallway. One enters through this passage and then turns right
through an 8-foot wide opening to the cavernous space which rises
from 13-feet to 22-feet.
|I just love the look of these sturdy, cast washers commonly found
on trestle bridges and other timber structures. We ended up using
more of these than we needed. They serve as medallions in addition
to their structural function.
|>Tall Concrete Deck Footings|
|I've always admired concrete poured in cylinders. But I chose them
for both aesthetic and practical reasons. Primarily I liked the way
pouring them all to the same level emphasized the slope of the land.
I also wanted them tall enough so that the tallest 4x4 post wasn't
longer than 12-feet as, in my experience, it's harder to get straight
lumber over that length. Finally, tall columns protect the posts
from ground level moisture and splash back - especially important
as the porch roof has no gutters.
|>Custom Rafter Supports (The "no visible Strong-Tie" rule)|
|Simpson Strong-Tie clips and brackets are hugely popular and even the required method of connection in today's construction. I used a lot of them, but I hate the way most of them look. In my opinion most of them have all the style of chewed tobacco. Thus I didn't want them visible. I used a semi-custom Strong-Tie that was okay on the top end of the porch rafter, but I refused to use a hurricane clip on the bottom side. Instead I had to have an engineer sign off on using a #10, 4-inch stainless screw.|