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Old 01-28-2011, 10:33 AM   #1
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Gambrel house with loft and open to below


We are interested in building a new home with a gambrel roof. We would like to make use of some of that space as a loft overlooking part of the open floor plan below. The house would be a very basic rectangle or possibly a square. Is it even structurally possible to have a loft and open below? What would the roof trusses look like? We are in the very beginning stages and looking for info at this point.

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The log house my wife and I built ourselves has a loft that's open to the first floor. But we have a cathedral ceiling so there aren't any roof trusses.

We really like the open feeling of the loft. Rather than a short wall along the edge of the loft, we have wrought iron railings. My wife drew up a design and we had a blacksmith make them for us.

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Heres a link that may give you some more ideas

http://www.barnplans.com/showcase/main.cgi
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