fancy Warré roof
the standard Warré roof looks pretty nice. it may even offer a little bit of cooling in the summer, and it certainly keeps some rain off the rest of the hive. our basic hive doesn't include this roof because it uses a lot of wood and involves cuts that aren't square. cuts that aren't square aren't a big deal, but they do require additional saw adjustments and jigs, which means extra labor. folks really like these roofs, though, so I'm quite happy to build them. if your hive is going to be sheltered from rain and midday summer sun, I would recommend skipping the fancy roof unless you just like the look.
a fancy roof in 1 1/2" lumber. standard is 3/4" or a little less.