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A question for you expert framers out there ... I live in N. MA and am building a 2nd home in Boothbay Maine. Last week we ran all the trim along eaves and rakes. I used Koma trim board, mainly because with it being a 34' house on a hillside, I don't want to be back on a 40' ladder painting trim every few years.
Last thing I need to do before the metal roof comes next week is to build the cornice returns, in time for the roofers to cap them with the roofing material. I don't want the boxed return ends, so I'm thinking of doing the hip roof style returns. The picture is not my house, it's just a style I want to copy.
My questions are: 1) I have a 12/12 roof with a 12" overhang, and 4/12 roof on the bumpouts and porch. Would you replicate the 4/12 pitch on the cornice return roof? And 2) Do you typically make both of the little roof planes exactly the same pitch, or could you make the roof on the end of the return steeper? It's hard to tell, but in the photo the end appears to be steeper.
If the answers to my question are too obvious or "it depends on what you like", I apologize in advance. I just haven't gotten the right angle (from above) to inspect many returns (and nearly crashed my truck a few times while trying while driving around)
Edited 2/28/2006 7:34 pm ET by shearwater