While it's usually cheaper to build a roof with trusses, architectural details are easier to add if you stick-frame. We frame roofs both ways, depending on the job; and we occasionally use a third, hybrid approach: trusses for part of the roof and stick-framing for the rest.

That's how we framed the roof on the house shown on these pages. For the most part it's a straightforward roof, easily stacked with trusses — but some of its details convinced us that the hybrid approach would work best.

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