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Decorative Timbers

By Sandy Connolly on October 15, 2014

Decorative timbers added to a conventionally framed home can look amazing! Here are a few examples. Enjoy!

Decorative Timber

Decorative Timber

Above, are double bottom chords with webs that die into the ceiling. The timbers are reclaimed from Trestlewood, and were also used on the stairs, stringers and the treads in the home.

Decorative White Pine Timber

Decorative White Pine Timber

hand-hewn-white-oak-trusses

The decorative ceiling beams in the pictures above are white pine and hand hewn. They have a dark, warm stain. White pine was chosen as the timber to use in this home because it hews nicely, takes stain well (absorbs evenly), and white pine is a light weight timber, which makes it easy to install from below.

Decorative, Arched Timber Trusses

Decorative, Arched Timber Trusses

The angle of the trusses in the living room above mimic the arch of the window, which is exactly what the designer and homeowners wanted. Timbers don’t have to be heavy and bulky. They are incredibly versatile.

We classify decorative timbers as timber that is non-structural. It needs to be joined and engineered to hold itself together, but other than that, the timber is simply incorporated in a building for the look.

From full timber framing, to hybrid, to decorative, Vermont Timber Works is also versatile. We do all types of timber work.

Thanks for stopping by our timber framer’s blog! If you like this post, or have any timber work questions, we encourage you to get in contact, ask an expert, or share your thoughts in the comment section below!

5 comments
  1. Audrey DiGiovanni says:

    Interested in a wedding barn is South Yarmouth, Mass, cape cod. I spoke w Jessi Adams this morning in your office.

  2. Thanks for sharing these decorative timber frames! I love the look of wood ceiling beams and I would like to incorporate these in my home. It sounds like white pine may be a good option. Is this type of wood available in Australia?

  3. April Cook says:

    This is a beautiful idea! I love the look of the exposed timber framing. It add such a cool architectural feature to the house. I like the arches that mimic the shape of the window. Is there any special maintenance that is needed to keep the timber looking good? Thanks for the information and inspiration!

  4. I really like this look of decorative timbers, especially the white pine with stain as in the photos. It’s cool how something that’s part of the structure and usually hidden can be made a beautiful part of the home. I’m thinking of building a home soon and will definitely consider some decorative trusses.

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