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Sounds like you're going well! Is the design completely your own, and what are your main source materials for this?
How will the straw bales sit, external, in-line or internal?
Can't quite see from the pic; are the roof slopes unform or break as for a dutch barn?
Thats interesting. I had considered straw bale, but the wall-depth seems to create foundation problems. You are avoiding that they load-bear, but then you must create a load bearing wall outside of them to support rafter/truss. This implies support for the posts, and a support ring outside; that seems to be a lot more foundation, or have you found another way around this?Lee
I'm way back in the construction process, just prepping braces now; would you care to give me a few big t-f tips, the sort that maybe others miss stating (or has it all been said before) ?
First thing to keep in mind is that trees don't read the tables, keep your eyes open, misread the wood and it doesn't mean a thing.
Therefore, is it possible that the knee brace could end up in tension (given that a strong wind isn't blowing!). If so, could the addition of a brace between post and roof member (or collar tie) be of help?
The other characteristic of low angled roofs to windward is that they may produce (dependent on overall structure dimensions) strong suction force. Make sure everything is fastened down well!
Someone asked about floor plan and renders. I don't have those readily available. The program I've used for floor plans doesn't export images very well. If I can make it happen, I'll share these with you.
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