Lots of outdoor work lately. We've completed the deck and porch framing and finish. We framed the deck with galvanized steel joists, which are strong, fast (they're pre-cut), straight, and won't warp like large section PT lumber. The decking will be thermally modified ash from western Mass. The porch and deck roof is painted tongue and groove 2x6 over native cherry rafters. The hips over the deck are irregular (meaning that they are not 45 degrees in plan view), so the jack cuts are different on each side.
An update on our current project. Exterior trim is complete, including the 70 foot long porch fascia (perfectly straight!). I'll post some pictures soon of the cherry porch and deck rafters.
We've been working for the last year getting this project ready, and we're finally out framing. It is an architect-designed shingle-style home right in town. We helped specify many timber frame and high performance details. There's also a LOT of beautiful red oak logs being milled into timbers, flooring, and trim. We'll be posting more photos as we build this great project.
Here is a nice splash of color that we built at one of my favorite houses. It features inset doors and drawers with even reveals, pull out drawers behind the doors, a maple top, and a secret compartment in the back to store the dining room table leaves.