January 19, 2023

Steep Details and Multiple Swoops 

In this episode of Site Visit with NS Builders, I’ll show you a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into prepping such a complicated, multi-swoop roof.


Standing on the second floor and looking around, you can really begin to see the complexity of this roof. We’ve spent an enormous amount of time choosing the right materials to use in framing this intricately-designed roof—without sacrificing quality. We framed the smaller walls with traditional KD, but the two towering end walls are framed out of LVL. They are close to 20 feet off the deck. We want to ensure the walls are as straight as possible, and we can achieve that flatness with the LVL.  

We’re using TruExterior products up along the roof edge—it’s robust, can handle a lot of water, and will cut down on maintenance issues. And although we typically don’t use a lot of PVC on our jobs, in this case—with extended gables and soffits—the flexibility works well in these complicated swoops. Ultimately, it all gets painted the same color and blends well together. 


The newly constructed ground-level large plywood platform is not a dance floor—nor will it be a future deck for the house. It is actually going to be used to help prefabricate a lot of the roof framing. We have two reasons for doing this: It will help speed up the framing process and allow us to work safely. We can work efficiently on a solid surface, lay out rafters, build roof sections, then use the crane to raise and move the pieces to where they need to go. All of the plywood and materials used for this temporary structure will be disassembled after framing is complete and reused.  

Streamlining safety with efficiency and superb craftsmanship is what continues to define NS Builders.  

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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