My business, Narragansett Housewrights, provides custom millwork and architectural components to builders here in southern Rhode Island. Last year, my best customer, Baud Builders, gave me the job of building a screened pavilion for a shingle-style waterfront home. The pavilion swept out in a curving wing from a corner of the building, terminating in a conical roof supported on a semicircular colonnade.

I only take on projects that I can build in the shop and deliver to the site in sections for assembly. If I had built this one according to the architect’s framing plan, it wouldn’t have been transportable. So I came up with an alternative method that I believed would also cut the build time by half. We bid the job accordingly, and after much...

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