So here we are, finally framing in the second story of our home and I get a call from the framer asking me about the rafter tails. I had originally specified I wanted some sort of decorative rafter tails, but I thought the roof trusses/beams just came that way.
Boy was I wrong. The rafter tails, if you want them decorative have to be dovetailed into the roof trusses/beams that run the slant range of the roof. It's a lot of work and the added decorative measure can really add up.
I need about 100 rafter tails around my house. The length of the "tail" has to be a 3 -1 measurement, this will equate to approximately a 6 foot "tail" that needs to be dovetailed onto the existing roof truss. I honestly had no idea how these work. I am writing this thread to inform you, if you want the look, it takes more planning then to just say, yeah, that looks good, do it. I had to go to the local lumber mill (dixieline) and give them the drawing for the rafter tail design. The cost is approximately $60 per "tail". Aghhhhh. that's 6K I had no idea I was going to spend.
Has anyone else experienced this? What are you doing about your rafter tails? My home is a Med. meets southern Ca. with a sassy modern look....hey, I'm not making this up (my landscape designer told me this today). I would love to know what your experience is with this...anyone?