Today we encountered our first problem with the plans. (I understand this sort of thing is very common.) The bedroom on the north/front side of the house has a kind of fancy custom window, shaped like this:Well, what I didn't notice before is that the window is too tall with that little half-circle on top. Mark noticed it when he was reviewing the framing and trussing plans. We can't lower it because it's already sitting right above the porch roof in front. The ceiling inside is 8 ft. high and has a dormer (on the east side) which starts just a few feet from the north wall, so we can't raise the whole thing. We've already ordered the window, it's on it's way here. There's nowhere else on the house that this window would fit. Drat!
So, the solution I've decided on, after discussion with Mark, is to have a bump-up in the ceiling behind that window, so it'll let in the light and then the ceiling will drop back down to the normal level. This requires some changes to a couple of the trusses for the roof, but shouldn't be too much of a hassle. It'll be a little funky but I think it'll work out fine. And it'll add a little bit of character, which new houses often lack. Wouldn't want that! :)