Im in the process of designing a roof structure for a house I am building in Mt Crested Butte , Co. Altitude 9500ft. The house is a modern design with a low slope roof that will be carrying a lot of snow load. Its on a steep slope so building will be challenging. Im trying to build it using the greenest building material possible but also am willing to compromise for materials that last longer, perform better, or are easier to work with. The site will have 2 structures a detached garage with an apt below and the main 3 level house. For the detached garage I want to go with the least expensive option since the roof will be primarily over the garage. For the house I want a steel or exposed wood beam on the main level (2nd floor) but may go with a wood T&G ceiling or even drywall on the first and 3rd floors to save cost. The ground floor is a walk out basement so I like the idea of using drywall to reflect more light into the bedrooms that may be dark. Im considering SIP panels, conventional LVL beam, and other designs but also need to decide on what insulation I will be using. I like rock wool and dense pack cellulose and maybe some spray foam. Im also trying to decide how much insulation to put in. All lower walls will likely be poured concrete with foam. Upper stories will be double stud walls with dense pack cellulose.
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