To notch or not to notch.
In building my Costa Rican open air home I want to have a screened in area on the second floor. I was planning on using teak 4 x 4 posts spaced 4' apart, set into the top and bottom plate by 1 ". I was also going to set the bottom window sill 1" into the post, 36" up from the bottom plate. The upper portion screened, the lower will have a board inset. I will also double the top plate as one of these walls will support my rafters. My plan is to join all this with 3" and 3 1/2" screws. I think this will be more asthetically appealling and a stronger structure. My questions are: Does anyone see any flaws in this, and should I use any kind of adisive in these joints. I'm thinking the board insets will keep the wall true when stand them.