Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Little things

Lots of little things today, but not too much progress. Tom came up with a great, simple idea for the stair posts, involving bearing the load on the existing steel beam in the basement, then pull that load across to the outer wall. This means we won't need to break up the concrete and pour another footing, with the sleeve around the waste pipe.

We don't want to overbuild the existing roof, nor do we really want huge trusses because both options will severely limit the amount of usable space in the attic. We need to get options and costs on our alternatives.

Jane is still thinking about the RTA cabinets. Everyone's saying "Don't do it!" because of the amount of work involved and the low margin of error. Still, to get close to the cabinet allowances, we may have to do it this way. No decision on the cabinets are made yet.

The bay window will be insulated after the close-in inspection, so there's plenty of time for that.

Tom will get Jane square footage for tile, so that she can start looking into that.

We're still waiting on the electrical proposals.

We'll need to pick the shingle colors this week. This is especially important because we need to match it to the stucco color, which we also have to start thinking about.

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    2) Shed: a single slope
    3) Gable: two slopes meeting at a ridge. Two walls extend up to the ridge.
    4) Hip: two gables, a pyramid could be considered a hip roof.
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    Depending on the different type of structural system, roof structure can include the following:
    a. Purlins
    b. Rafters (roof joists)
    c. Trusses
    d. Beams
    e. Girders
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    1) Determination of slope is based on the following factors:
    a. Type of roofing
    b. Presence of attic, or cathedral ceiling
    c. Cost
    d. Expected snow load
    2) The basic design principle in the pitched roof is that by overlapping materials in the downslope direction, and by providing a waterproof surface, water will not sit, but will be forced to rub off the roofing surface.





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