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We are working on a new home in a peaceful meadow in Careywood of Bonner County, Idaho. This project started last December when a landowner from California contacted us and sent some design sketches for a second home he wanted on his North Idaho 10 acre parcel. This project is unusual in that we have never met the owner to this day. All of our design work and construction has proceeded via email and phone calls. We really appreciate the trust he has placed in us. I sometimes joke that he is a voice on the phone and a check that clears the bank.

So, we took his design and made some changes more suitable to the North Idaho climate, and he was so easy to work with via computer that we were able to even pick and apply the exterior and multiple interior paint colors in our Chief Architect design software. The home will feature a Cedar planked wrap-around deck on three sides, and the roof over the deck will have a rough sawn plywood ceiling above exposed rafters and beams and posts. This will take considerable care during the framing stage to ensure a perfect look. The home is tall, with its two story design and 12/12 pitch roof making it 35' above grade to the peak of the roof.

It is also compact, featuring 1600 finished square feet and an open vaulted ceiling above the living room and the second floor loft and master bedroom.

To achieve the ability to span the living room and have a full 12/12 vaulted ceiling on the interior and to support a 70 pound snow loading on an asphalt shingle roof, we had Boise Cascade engineer and prescribe a suitable glu-lam ridge beam that is bearing at the gable ends and at only one post in the mid-span. We used truss rafters that bear on the outside wall plates and the top of the ridge beam. While we could have used Boise I-joists for the rafters, with their significant span capability, the trusses accommodate a 2" ventilation channel and up to R60 in insulation.

Here is the front elevation as seen in our design software:

This is the view of the framing from the driveway before we installed the gable end plywood shear wall:

Here is an interior view of the living room. It is 28' from the living room floor to the bottom of the exposed glu-lam beam:

And this is the front view at the end of the day with the gable end plywood installed. We are using a lot of scaffold on this job: