Sunday, April 19, 2009

Roof Framing

Last week things really flew along. The roof framing is almost complete and the roofing contractor will arrive on Monday to begin the roofing.
As you can see we have some hefty oregon beams for the upper floor structure.

This is a photo taken from the family room facing the kitchen.

The rear of the house is a conventional truss roof frame. We engaged a local Ballarat truss manufacturer to fabricate our trusses but they ended up being made in Echuca due to the Ballarat factory being too busy. My lovely wife was born in Echuca so maybe it it fitting that part of our house was as well.

A view of the truss roof looking towards the front of the house which is yet to be framed.

The rear of the house. Sewing room on the left, family room on the right.

Rear of the house. The double glass sliding door has been installed to the family room.

This is the front of the house with the upper floor frame under construction.

The front of the house is a traditional 'pitched roof' construction. Due to the room-in-the-roof design, trusses were not a viable option for this roof. The pitch of this roof is 40 degrees to accommodate the rooms within.

The roof framing for this roof is actually quite simple but the structural members are large so the builders had a good workout whilst lifting them into position.

Upper flooring has been laid and rafters in position. The pencil marks on the floor represent where the walls will be.

It looks enormous without the walls in place.

This is where the dormer window will be. Have a look at the front elevation and it's the window over the garage.

This is the entry void where the stairs will be.

Starting to look like a house now isn't it?
This week will see some further roofing developments and a heap of scaffolding. We are using American shingles as our roof cladding and the installer will be on board this week to get started. I'll explain more about this roofing system as we get into it.
All for now.


  1. Wow Leaps and bounds now!
    It does look huge!
    It is a pretty large home though Anyways.

    How Much Is Kathryn going to love that sewing room.
    Quite interesting the Space in the roofs....ROOF!
    Lots to know when building houses,eh?

  2. Wow, really taking shape now!

  3. Looking good! any proposed finish date?

  4. Your house is looking pretty good, Greg. What type of roof shingles were you going to use? Asphalt shingles would be a good choice to complement your sidings. You can choose from a wide variety of designs to suit your personal taste, or a design that would be best for your house's structure. I'm sure you wouldn't want to miss out on it.

    Terence Watthens

  5. The IKO Marathon Dual Black would give you the low profile "slate look" and the Cambridge laminated asphalt shingle would be more textured and give you the more American "Wooden Shake" look. Both styles are becoming very popular in Melbourne especially. Probably 8 out of 10 homes are in the popular Marathon asphalt shingle. These roofing materials come with 30-40 year manufacturers warranty's - be sure to get a signed and dated "International Warranty" off the Supplier. This will give you piece of mind if something goes wrong.

  6. I can't believe I hadn't seen this blog until now. I'm always doubly impressed when it's not just a cool development but a cool affordable one.

    Jones Roofing