House With Roof in Nicaragua

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I decided to build the rest of the house.  I considered a very simple roof but then for some reason overly optimistic about my abilities to manage local workers and their ability to work without constant supervision I designed a more complex roof.  This design required five 6"x5"x7vara beams of a very strong wood because I wanted to be able to use tile rather than zinc roofing (the area sometimes receives acid rain from a nearby volcano).  I obtained these beams by buying a large tempisque, and I employed someone else to cut it properly, using one of my two chainsaws I had brought from the U.S. - a huge Husqvarna. Eventually these beams made it back to the house.  In the mean time, I had also designed and supervised the construction of an additional crown at the top of the wall, additional corner reinforcements, and seizmic protection footers.  Half of the cuartones (rafters) we made from tempisque, and the other half we used a lighter wood.  I had to cut every single connection angle on every single piece of the lumber with my chainsaw myself, balanced on a scaffolding, after I gave up trying to find a local person who could follow my instructions.  The one thing the workers did without screwing up too much was putting on the zinc roofing, which I ended up using because I was in too much of a hurry to delay for the tiles.  Eventually the roof was up. Then we went to work improving the door frames, window frames, and wall surfaces.  The neighbors joked that I had made the roof too steep, because I thought I was still in the United States, not in Nicaragua, where it does not snow, ever.

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The second time you want to

The second time you want to build a roof just try get the right materials, this would make your work a lot easier. Your roof doesn't look bad for your first try considering you did't had a professional to help you. Congrats! Samm, Austin Roofer

Roof

That is a steep roof. Maybe one day it will snow and you can use that as an excuse! lol

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