Of roofs and ceilings

Bunny Vista got a petticoat for its roof yesterday. From Monday through Wednesday the crew worked hard to put up all the rafters and the rest of the underpinnings for the new roof. Now the basement will stay dry–no more mudslides for Kelley, Erin, and Nick to shovel out.

With the addition of a roof, the house looks like a house rather than an assemblage of logs and two by fours. I love the proportions and the the look of the cabin section–set solid on a stone foundation with massive logs and a no-nonsense roofline.

From the bottom up: Limestone, logs, roof sheathing!

From the bottom up: Limestone, logs, roof sheathing! At the right is the decking where the timber frame will be. Kitchen will be at the back of the timber frame section.

Immediately after the roof went on, we had an extended discussion of ceilings. Finally we decided that the master bath will have a sloped ceiling that follows the roofline, which will make it easy to put a skylight over the shower. The dog trot will also have a ceiling that partially follows the roofline. The back hall will have 8 foot ceilings, perhaps made of cypress. The ceiling of the timberframe will soar to the peak of the roof, so that when we walk down the back hallway to the timber frame, that room will be even more dramatic because of the contrast with the low hallway ceiling. At least, that is what I think.

The ceilings in the office and master bedroom are of poplar, painted white. Joists are white pine, hand planed with beaded edges.

The ceilings in the office and master bedroom are of poplar, painted white. Joists are white pine, hand planed with beaded edges.

Aaron and Braxton build the roof.

Aaron and Braxton build the roof.

The view from up there

The view from up there

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One Response to “Of roofs and ceilings”

  1. erinblanton Says:

    Nice pics!!

    I like the ceiling solution. I think you’re right — the ceiling of the timberframe section will be so dramatic and showstopping; you want a contrast between that and the back hall.

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