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Posted by okh at Dec 4, 2013, 10:02:59 AM
Re: My design for a modern 'park model' home
The closer you tilt the edge of the LED TV toward the wood stove, the less radiant heat will hit it.
I don't know this brand of wood stove or how well the sides are shielded, but I know safety requirements here would probably not allow anything flammable that close to the stove.
Snow loads would be a concern, tho. Speaking of snow, this VT architect confirms my bias toward 'flat' roofs in snow country.
The architect makes an interesting case. But as a lawyer, I can tell you is that flat roofs are certainly more prone to litigation :-). In one case the centre drain had clogged on a 10 storey building. When spring came and the snow slowly melted, the drainpipe burst wide open and released 2-3 swimming pools worth of water into a tiny ground floor flat.

I think snow loads and slow drainage of melt-water on flat roofs should be a concern. Imagine water sponged back up into the snow. Add some spring rain, and the relative weakness of a flat construction... And anyway, there will be small pools of water under the snow, and you would be surprised how often that water finds a short-cut through a supposedly leak-proof roof (despite what the linked thread says).

So I still think water is more likely to escape a pitched roof. AND removing snow is easier. The link below is from 60 deg North, altitude 975 metres above sea level in March 2011. Some one metre + of snow on the roof (average winter). Trouble is, you can get twice that and more.

Removing roof snow (Flickr).

There are very few, if any, flat roofed homes or cabins in this region. So while it may be possible to construct good, flat roofs with new building techniques (on say, your park home, and in a milder climate), I wouldn't want it on my own home. If I remember correctly, flat roofs have an average life span half that of a pitched roof. And in practice they so often end up in court.

As for your drained chimney, that is an interesting idea, but wouldn't it be easier to take the chimney out the wall?