I think I’ve settled on a roof design. After playing with several more complex ideas, like some with dormers, perpendicular pitches, shed roofs, and so one, I decided that keeping it simple made the most sense. The only draw back is that the loft will overhang the main room 20″ more than if I turned the loft mattress 90 degrees. Queen mattresses are 60″ by 80″. Turn it one way and the loft has to be 80″ deep. Turn it the other way and 60″ is all that’s needed. The main thing to worry about is headroom so with a pitch like this one I really have to have it 80″ deep… hence the 20 extra inches.
Anyway there are a lot of other benefits with simple framing being the first. I’ll have no complicated hips or valleys to frame and I think the house will still be pretty cute. Dormers would add a lot so I may decided to add them later but for now I’ll just plan on sticking to the simple single 12:12 pitch. I’ll need a few more longer 2x4s, there are over-sized pallets out there, I just need to find them. Here’s a drawing of what I think the front of the house will look like with this roof pitch.