I'm designing a cabin for a remote site on Kodiak Island, Alaska. The main floor plan is 16x24 with the back half (16x12) two stories. There's a 16x8 lean-to off one side and a 12x8 off the other.
I want to have a cathedral ceiling in the one story front room. With stick framing, do I need a ridge beam, with the rafters resting on top? How do I find out how big, and what type of lumber this should be? Is there any other way to do this? It's only a 16 foot wide room that's 12 feet deep.
Also with shed roofs on the lean-tos...My thinking is that if the rafters rest on top of both walls, I don't need ceiling joists. Is this true? Any thoughts on framing the part where the gable roof with cathedral ceilings joins the shed roofs? Can the shed rafter join right next to the gable rafter, and do I need studs under both? Like double studs?
Lots of questions, but any help would be greatly appreciated.
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