We are building a tiny typical 350sf addition with a hip roof. The structural engineer specifed 4X12 hip rafter/beams at 2 corners. He also designed the roof and ceiling rafters to be 2X6s. As you can see, the hip beam is much bigger than the roof rafters. So in order for the hip rafter to be flush with the rest of the rafters, we need to drop them lower. How do you guys achieve that? Do we add a post at the corner to support the lowered beam? Or do we shave the corner of the hip beam so much and that might catch the inspector's attention? How do you guys usually handle such a corner?
Please help! The structural engineer refused to provide any information unless more payment is made.
thanks in advance!!
I don't see the problem. The 2x6 rafters sit flush with the top of the 4x12. The remaining bottom of the 4x12 just projects below the roof framing. The only possible issue I see is if you had planned cathedralizing the ceiling below. But you didn't mention this in the post.