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Burgieman 04-15-2013 01:27 PM

Framing a Dickey Roof - aka split pitch roof -
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Hello all,

So I've been inspired by a recent trip to Hawaii to replicate a roof style synonymous to Hawaiian Plantation homes. Apparently made mainstream in early in this century by architect Charles Dickey. The roof as I have discovered has the name "Dickey Roof" aka "Split Pitch Roof". Its a rendition of a hip roof with a change in slope as it reaches the eaves. Typically to cover a wraparound porch. Does anyone know where I can find samples of framing techniques for the lower half of the roof? Some have said to build a hip roof as usual cutting off the eaves and attaching joists to an outer porch header at the lower pitch as desired but I've noticed some of the changes in slope occur further up the roof...

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated. Even images of framing from projects similar would help.

I've attached two examples. One is, yes, Oprah's Hawaiian home, but it shows the covered porch example on the upper level. The other is a single story example.


Canarywood1 04-15-2013 05:41 PM

Supposed to be a free cad version here,check it out.

joecaption 04-15-2013 08:31 PM

Please go back and add your location to your profile.
Just go to Quick links to edit.
Reason being in snow country I can see that style roof being a snow catcher and causing some ice dams.

Burgieman 04-15-2013 10:20 PM

I just did. Its Santa Cruz, CA. No snow a lots of sun. Winters are windy and wet...

Burgieman 04-15-2013 10:22 PM

Thanks Canarywood1,
But I'm not sure I understand the link you sent. Looks like a general link to free CADs

firehawkmph 04-16-2013 09:56 AM

I think you're on track with framing your hip roof traditionally. The width of your overhang and pitch of the lower section is going to dictate where they intersect. Doesn't seem like it would be hard to figure out at all. I would leave an overhang on the original rafters to tie in my short rafters and a horizontal piece to. Similar to adding a porch roof to a cape cod roof around here.
Mike Hawkins:)

Canarywood1 04-16-2013 10:21 AM

[QUOTE=Burgieman;1160179]Thanks Canarywood1,
But I'm not sure I understand the link you sent. Looks like a general link to free CADs[/QUote

Supposed to be a cad program, look here.

Burgieman 04-16-2013 10:55 AM

Thanks Mike,

I thought as much. I plan to have the wraparound porch on a basic rectangle 2 storey. Much like that picture of Oprah's. But I started getting confused when I heard scissor trusses as a solution. Those sound too complicated for the hip roof. So essentially its just a hip roof with a lean-to. Makes sense as apparently the style came from people adding wraparound porches to their existing homes.

firehawkmph 04-16-2013 11:17 AM

they do have truss kits for hip roofs with just about any kind of raised ceiling underneath. But, if anything is off, good luck on setting them. As long as you have a good framer on site that understands hip roof framing, they are a lot of fun to put together, and very strong when done.
Mike Hawkins:)

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