I am new to the forum, tried to find a intro area but computer is super slow loading these pages.
Anyway I do not live in Alaska but in a similar climate and terrain on the east coast of Canada.
I am in the planning and buying stages of a 26'X30' family woods retreat. It will not be off grid, but it will be basic and cozy.
I have read multiple books on timber framing, and log home construction and love the log walls but the timber style roof is amazing as well. I have researched forums on both building techniques but each group seem pretty set in their ways that their style of building is best. In my area it is rare to find trees big enough to make a 6x6 log so I bought some rough cut 8x8 Hemlock timbers, I was not sold on the available "kits" on the market as the prices are high for some simple milled logs.
I love the square log look and intend to stack these to create my walls, I plan to groove and spline all vertical and horizontal joins, bevel the edges of the logs to create an area to chink, then add timber style roof. All of this I plan to acomplish by myself with some help on some areas of construction.
The roof is where I get caught up in a snare. I want to use my 8x8s for the ridge beam and rafters, but finding it hard to get solid answers on spacing, etc.
I look foward to sharing my experiances on this project and getting some ideas from the vast wealth of experiance here.