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The King Post Trusses in the Christina Seix Academy in Trenton, NJ were made with Kiln-dried Douglas fir. The King Post Trusses highlight the cathedral ceiling and tall stone fireplace.

Basic Truss Styles

By Caitlin on January 05, 2018

The Truss is the heart of the timber frame and is functional as well as decorative. Our clients can choose their truss style based on their stylistic vision for their home and the load bearing requirements of their structure. Today we’re going to look at 4 basic styles of Trusses. […]

White Entry Canopy with king post trusses at Fuller Hall at the Vermont Academy school made with douglas fir

Timber Truss Designs

By Sandy Connolly on May 19, 2015

Heavy timber trusses are absolutely meant to be seen, and in many cases, they are also holding up the roof! Before we ask you which one is your favorite, let’s explore a few options to find out which structural timber truss design would be best suited for your project.  Ready? In […]

Timber Frame kitchen with exposed beams in Adams, MA. Devine Residence kitchen.

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! 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. The decorative ceiling […]

The VTel porch with post, beams, and king post trusses, has been fabricated with planed Douglas fir and painted white.

King & Queen Post Trusses

By Sandy Connolly on December 05, 2013

Hail to the King and Queen! 😉 The King Post Truss is straight forward and strong. A king post truss can usually be joined traditionally depending on the span and engineering. In some cases, a king post truss does need to be reinforced with steel plates. The Vermont Teddy Bear […]

Timber Post and Beam Porte Cochere

Girder Truss Applications

By Sandy Connolly on November 27, 2013

In this post we wanted to talk a little bit more about the Girder Truss, when it’s typically used and what it can be designed for. Girder Trusses have a long, straight design. Primarily, the role of a girder truss is to support other structural elements in the Timber frame, […]

Hammer Beam Trusses in the Breed Estate

Hammer Beam Truss Designs

By Sandy Connolly on November 18, 2013

The traditional hammer beam truss design is open and fabulous.  However, structurally, it can be an engineering challenge, which is fine, because Jessie is always up for a challenge! We get a lot of questions about the home pictured above.  Who wouldn’t want this hammer beam timber style in their […]

Fabricated Scissor Trusses with steel plates in the Workshop for Grace Episcopal Church

Scissor Truss Designs

By Sandy Connolly on November 03, 2013

Beautiful, interesting and often requested by our clients, the scissor truss is a complex and dynamic truss design. While definitely evoking a specific look and style, from an engineering standpoint, the Scissor Truss is not the most efficient truss style, unlike the most efficient King Post truss. So the Scissor […]

Arched Timber Trusses in Saint Andrew's Church in Ridgefield, CT.

Arched Church Beams for St. Andrew’s Church

By Doug Friant on April 12, 2013

We are just home from installing these beautiful arched beams for St. Andrews Church in Ridgefield, CT. We will have to go back and photograph this church once the construction  is complete. The beams are a combination of douglas fir timber, glulam arches and steel connections. Heavy timber adds a […]

Pavilion Oak Timber Trusses in Quebec

Pavilion Oak Timber Trusses in Quebec

By Doug Friant on March 28, 2013

These oak ceiling trusses were stained dark to the owner’s taste. They are in the great room of a pavilion in Quebec.

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