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Trusses Help Define the Space

Posted on Feb 28, 2012

The beauty of a timber home is found from within, amongst the wood frame as it supports the interior space.  It is this frame that will help define your home’s space.  Known for their functionality as well as their stylish qualities, timber systems have brought character to dwellings for centuries.

We talk about the interior space of a timber home in terms of trusses and bents.  A truss is comprised of multiple timbers that fit into one unit that spans and supports your roof structure. Whereas, a bent is a continuation of the truss system that gives floor to ceiling support. Below we have shared a few standard types and their appeal.

Styles of Trusses

King Post Truss and Bent

Utilizing the fewest amounts of truss and bent members, this type of system consists of a simple triangular shape with an intersecting piece in the middle. By arching the base of the structure, you can create an entirely new feel to your system.

Queen Post Truss and Bent

Working from the basic elements of the king post system, the queen post adds more curves and extra connections to create a softer and more elegant appearance in your home’s rafters.

Hammer Truss and Bent

Similar to the Queen Post design, the Hammer system separates into two separate ties at the base of the structure for a sharp and angled appearance that is more modern and architecturally inclined.

Scissor Truss and Bent

True to its name, the Scissor Truss is comprised of steep angles that compliment vaulted ceilings. Repeating this system throughout the length of the home gives the open spaces extra height and character.

Barrel Truss and Bent

Reflecting the Western spirit that traditional timber framing exhibits, the barrel system uses smaller timber members to create a semi-circular opening. Whether used for structural purposes or added design, this type makes open spaces appear large, yet graceful.

Custom Variations

Variations of these and other traditional systems can be used by your architect to create a unique interior space.

Timber species, depth, stain and additional decorative carvings can also be paired with these systems to further characterize your interiors. Robust or elegant, complex or simple, a timber frame’s truss and bent system can set the tone for how your interior spaces look. By working with your architect, you can find the perfect system type to reflect your home’s distinct style.


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