Two Styles of Cornice Return
Framing this classic detail is easier than you think
Synopsis: This excerpt from John Carroll’s The Complete Visual Guide to Building a House (The Taunton Press, 2014) uses a series of illustrations to detail the process of framing a cornice return with two different styles of roof. Both designs start with structural support, and then the process varies slightly for a shed-capped cornice return vs. a hip-capped return.
It’s been said that the building of traditional cornice returns is a lost art. Also called an eave return, a cornice return is a graceful way to transition the eave and the main fascia board around the gable end of a house. This can be challenging because the returns are located outside the corner boards, which means they require additional structural support. But there are ways to ensure they are sound. Anchoring the ledger and subfascia several feet into the length of the eave is key. You will also want to…