To build a house like the church I'm building for my company. The
worship area is about 9000 (that's thousand) square feet with a
finished ceiling max. height of 44 feet. The steel stud walls are 16
feet tall and the cathedral ceiling (go figure) goes up at a 5/12 to a
clerestory that's 24 feet square, all windows.
The best part, though, is the structure. Huge laminated oak beams
that form a tic-tac-toe board over the plan view of the church. These
beams were made by a company in Montana and the total weight of all of
them is approx. 48,000 lbs. They're 13" wide and 54" thick and
they're made of what looks like 1x that's been bent and glued. We had
ironworkers assemble them. Now that we've got the building closed in,
it's truly breathtaking.
The only difference is that this is all one room, and I'd stretch the
exterior walls a little and put bedrooms, etc around the ring on the
second floor, with a huge atrium going up the middle. On the bottom,
one large room. Wide open spaces, as the Dixie Chicks say.
Since I live in the real world, however, I'll go with SYP rather than
Red Oak on the beams :).