West End Overhang Continued

Day #112

November 17, 2019 – Today I am framing the second span of the porch roof overhang on the west end of the new porch. Yesterday I completed the first span. The work today will involve some demolition of the existing overhang on the old cottage roof and some framing around the the vent pipe. Though not big deal I need to exercise caution working around the vent. Because it is PVC, it can easily be snapped off if I hit it with any of the framing boards.

Porch roof overhang.
First span of the porch roof overhang framed yesterday.


After removing the tarps I cut and removed the existing overhang from the old cottage roof. The old overhang was built by simply running the roof decking past the sidewall by one foot. It is one inch thick oak plank and was never closed in with any type of soffit. As a result we have numerous bird, bee and wasp nests to deal with during the season. Soon, the overhangs around the entire cottage are going to have soffit which will eliminate these pests.

Oak Roof Planking
Old overhang demo. One inch oak planking.
Overhang at Vent Pipe
Overhang demo at vent pipe.
Exiting Overhang Demolition
Existing overhang demo complete.

New Framing

After the demo of the existing overhang I built out an extension to the ridge board to accept the second span edge joist. The edge joist installation follows. It attaches to the end of the first span edge joist and the ridge board extension.

Ridge Board Extension
Extending the ridge board for the edge joist.
Second Span Edge Joist - West End Overhang
Second span edge joist installed.

Similar to the first span once the edge joist is in place I am able to frame in the outriggers to fully complete the framing for the west end overhang.

Outriggers At Vent Pipe - West End Overhang
Outrigger framing at the vent pipe.
Second Span Outriggers
Additional outriggers framed into the west end overhang.

At the end of the day I have to put the blue tarps back over the roof opening to keep the inside dry. So far I haven’t had any leaks inside the cottage. Knock on wood.

Dry In
Tarps installed to maintain dry in until next time.

In the next installment I will place the last of the plywood roof sheathing and roofing felt on this new overhang framing. Stay tuned, the renovation continues.

Porch Roof Overhang – West Side

Day #111

November 16, 2019 – The goal for this weekend is to frame the porch roof overhang on the west side of the deck. The west side is at the pavilion end of the deck. I am getting closer to the completion of the roof and this is the last of the roof framing for the new porch. The first overhang was framed way back here: Overhang Framing At New Kitchen Addition

First things first, I remove the blue tarps to expose the open roof. Next I extend the framing out from second to the last joist to establish a one foot overhang. These extensions are called outriggers. With one outrigger extended and the fascia board cut to the correct length, I install the last roof joist, i.e. the edge joist, along the overhang.

Blue Tarp - Porch Roof Overhang
Open roof covered with blue tarps.
Outrigger extended to create a one foot overhang.
2nd Outrigger
Fascia board extended to create the bottom of the porch roof overhang.
Edge Joist
The last roof joist along the edge of the overhang.

After the edge joist is installed additional outriggers are placed to complete the overhang. The outriggers are 16′ inches apart to facilitate the installation of plywood roof decking with minimal cutting and minimum waste.

Framing additional outriggers.
Overhang Ladder Framing - Porch Roof Overhang
Outriggers and edge joist along the overhang.
Outriggers and Edge Joist - Porch Roof Overhang
Porch roof overhang framing.

The framing you see in the pictures above establishes the overhang from the outside of the new porch up to the existing wall of the cottage. I have been calling this the first span of the new roof in previous posts so I’ll be consistent. This is the first span of porch roof overhang on the western side of the deck. Amen.

Framing the porch roof overhang involves more cutting and measuring so it takes me a little longer to complete. This is it for today. Tomorrow I will frame the overhang on the second span of roof along the western side.


My last blog in 2019 was published on December 5th and it covered day #110. As often happens, life gets in the way, and it forces you in a different direction. In my case, it stopped my writing for a short while.

I would like to record as accurate a transcript as I can of the cottage renovation. To that end, I am picking up where I left off last fall. Over the next several days or weeks there will be a flurry of posts as I attempt to get caught up. If it’s too much, feel free to opt out or write me back and I’ll remove you from the list.

Thankx…..Gyeem Raj-Du-Kamar