February 2, 2023

Not Your Average Swooping Roof Install 

In this episode of Site Visit with NS Builders, I’ll show you the massive swooping roof installed at our Needham project. And explain how this roof is not only cool to look at but built with clear intention.


True, adding curves into architecture translates into more expense—but the result is impressive! We’ve got smaller sections of swooping roof that tie into even larger swooping sections—that’s where the site-built trusses are. We’ve created a beautiful subtle curve going all the way up to what I would call our aesthetic ridge point. 

Under the actual peak of the roof is where it gets really interesting. We’ve got LVL rafters spaced 12 inches on center running up from opposite sides of the roof and intersecting—at a lower elevation than the actual peak—to another LVL rafter. Think of it like a very strong triangle—this lower roof section carries the primary load as directed by our structural engineer. Then, above that LVL triangle, we have a traditional KD material that goes up to the roof peak.  

This roof is super robust. We’re talking LVL, 12 inches on center—not overbuilt—but necessary to meet the requirements to build a home that’s going to last for a very long time, be cost-effective, and, most importantly, achieve the best results for the homeowner. Best results trump everything else.  


I’ve never seen a roof built this way on any residential home—from the custom trusses built on-site to the multiple swooping roofs. This has truly been a hybrid approach to building and a lot of design-build expertise from a phenomenal team. So excited NS Builders got the opportunity to be a part of something so grand! 

It’s time to discover what NS Builders can intentionally design and build for you! Contact us today to get started on your custom dream home. Together, we can make it happen. 

—Nick Schiffer


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