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Sounds sort of like a Eichler. http://www.eichlernetwork.com/ I ended up selling a more traditional and larger house for something similar to what you describe. Lots of N facing windows facing the forest, and very high ceilings. It uses Post and Beam construction. Unfortunately it is of mid-century design and the heating bills show. I also think using the roof as a patio is almost always sub-optimal. There are some decent roofing materials for this use, but they are are few and far between. I really hate wood framed structures. Are us American's the only one making wood framed structures? My place in Tahoe is really high mainatainence primarily because of its wood frame. I recently resided with fiber cement which is a great material.