Hey everyone I've been lurking and learning here for a LONG time and I'm very excited to finally be able to contribute a thread of my own! We're going to be building the 14x24 Little house plan this summer and I'll be posting plenty of pictures and keep you all updated with hope that not only will you enjoy it but that many pairs of eyes checking my work could potentially save me some headaches!
A little background...I live in an area in the west which can get quite snowy, the snowload map for our property says snowloads can reach 40-60lbs ( thats if I'm looking at this snowload map right, It may be less). Wind gusts in the area can reach 75 mph although we have trees on our windward side so I don't know how much we actually get.
I want to build the house as strongly and safely as possible but after checking with the building dept for our original idea of 120 sq feet and after being told that not only was our house idea 'not big enough' but that permits and prerequisites and such could likely exceed the cost of the whole house ($10,000) I can not/will not deal with the permitting process
so we figured we might as well go with the bigger option as our area is well out of the way in an unincorporated area of a rural county and no neighbors. It's been our dream to build our own place for a while and I'm extremely glad a resource like this exists online. I am a complete newbie though so please forgive me for asking any rediculous questions.
So here is where I'm at so far:
I am having a contractor/friend do the 16x16x16 footings and getting them square because If I mess up I really don't want to have to dig one of those suckers out.
Walls will be done with 2x6 studs and hopefully 10' tall if I can figure out the loft.
After reading about cantilevers and because the plans extend 2 feet out from the beams (and considering our potential snow load) I am probably going to be changing the joists to either 2x8 or 2x10s at 12'' or 2x12s at 16'' just for the extra peace of mind.
We will be doing a metal 12 in 12 roof so I doubt the snow load will get that high but I'd rather be safe than sorry. What would you suggest?
As previously stated we'll be going with the 14 x 24 little house plans, very inspired by the Nash househttp://www.countryplans.com/nash.html
specifically the amount of headroom in the large sleeping loft. But I'm confused when looking at the pictures of that loft, and comparing them to the plans and what I've read in many other threads on this website.
The plans call for two partial lofts (we'll probably just do the large loft) and a cathedral area in the middle, but from my understanding, unless you are tieing the walls together with a full length loft, rafter ties are required for the entire length of the house due to roof thrust.
It seems like in the LH plans the loft joists ARE the rafter ties. If this is so, how is the nash house able to safely use 10' walls with only collar ties over the open area?
Do the little house plans do this as well? I can't tell because the diagrams only show the rafters from the ends/corners.
I also notice the nash house has a beam right in the middle of the large loft to help support it, is this required or just there for some extra support? Does the beam go through the floor into a footing or is it just tied into the floor joists?
I realize thinking about the roof before I even have the walls up may be putting the cart before the horse but I really want to have a clear mental picture of what we'll be doing before I start.
We're waiting just a few more weeks for the rest of the mud on the road to dry before the footings will be done but I will post some pictures of the site soon!
Thanks for reading this far. See ya soon