Once the decision was made to construct an expanded roof structure the final design came together quite quickly.  We decided to split the existing beam down the middle and space the two halves as far apart as possible.  This covered the top of the log posts nicely, and gave us a larger area to tie the rest of the roof into.  Back at the shop we drew a full size end elevation to work out all the details. We ordered the cedar we would need for the rest of the framework.  Luckily, we live in a part of the world where it is easy to get really good lumber, fir and cedar in particular.

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There are some things I like about working form home, and some things I don’t.  It’s really hard sometimes to ignore things needing to be done around the house (laundry, dishes, you name it) and get to work.  Sometimes I feel like I can’t get away because there is no physical separation.  But the pluses really out weigh the minuses.  Our ‘commute’ is about 20 seconds, I get to make lunch at home, I have my own commercial espresso machine… to name a few.

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Joe and I were asked to build an outdoor swing this year. Our client is a very avid gardener (okay, that’s a bit of an understatement) and had two mature trees that were not working with the landscape. There was one cedar and one fir, both about the same diameter of 24 inches, and they stood about 4 feet apart. Instead of cutting them off at the ground and pulling the stumps, she had them topped at 10 feet with the idea of having a swing hang from a beam across them, from which she could enjoy her garden.

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