The Mai Mai

The Mai Mai

A ‘mai mai’ is a hunting lodge or hide and was the inspiration behind this property in Canterbury.  An intriguing palette of building materials was chosen including a cast concrete wall, stone walling and tall external timber posts together with macrocarpa trusses, ridges and purlins designed and crafted by Timberworks.  Most of the rooms incorporated some exposed feature King-post trusses with ridge beams running between them and connected by purlins.  As the house was to be modern in design, the clients opted for a dressed finish to the timbers and together with the cedar ceilings this gave a rich, warm feeling to the ceilings. High Country Homes designed, project managed and built the home to a superb standard and we all await the results of this year’s ‘Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year’ competition to see if this quality of build will be acknowledged. This is one of several properties where Timberworks provided the exposed timberwork and High Country Homes managed the build.

Modern build in Nelson with King-post trusses

This modern spec-built house in Nelson used 5 King-post trusses with raised bottom-chord to creature a dramatic, airy living area with plenty of character.

Modern home in Nelson

Gracefield

Variety of Truss Shapes in Community Buildings, Gracefield

The architect on this project chose to include eight Macrocarpa trusses in the new clubhouse building at Gracefield Lifestyle Village.  There are three different truss shapes with two traditional shaped trusses supporting the gable ends outside, four ‘5-sided’ Trusses through the main open plan living area and two rectangular trusses in the spa room.  The trusses compliment the stone feature walls beautifully and add to the quality atmosphere.

Queen-Post Trusses over an open-plan living space in Mapua

Queen-Post Trusses create open-plan living in Mapua

Not all Timberworks projects are on a grand scale.  The addition of two Queen-Post trusses to this standard house-design transformed the finished home providing a fantastic feeling of space, light and airiness.  The resulting vaulted ceiling in the kitchen/living area had a real ‘wow’ factor compared to a more ordinary, 2.4m high flat ceiling.

Tasman Trusses in Tasman

Tasman Trusses with exposed Purlins and Rafters

This house is located on a small, rural subdivision in an olive grove in Tasman, Nelson.  The architectural theme for the subdivision was of a Tuscan style with all houses required to have clay tile roofs.  The designer and clients decided to compliment this theme with four Timberworks Macrocarpa trusses together with exposed purlins and ridge beams.  The pergola rafters with their decorative ends were also provided by Timberworks.

“We thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with Timberworks on our home in 2006.  We particularly appreciated the follow up service… We tell everyone who admires our lovely trusses where they were made.” – Trevor and Mary Furness-Weir

Hope Community Church Hall

Timberworks-designed Tasman Trusses for Hope Community Church

The design brief for the renovation of a 1918 church building asked for a vineyard/café like atmosphere.  The designer chose to use seven trusses plus some feature river stone elements, plywood feature paneling and timber pergolas to create this feel.  The inclusion of Timberworks trusses has helped change what could have been a utilitarian building into a warmer more inviting space.  The Macrocarpa trusses are connected with partially hidden steel connections which are painted black where exposed.

King-Post Trusses over an open-plan living space

King-Post Trusses create an open-plan living space

Four Macrocarpa King-Post trusses using the Timberworks hidden steel-plate connection system.  Please note the chip carving in photo 4 which is an option for all Timberworks clients.

Ruby Bay Vineyard

Hammer-beam trusses for Ruby Bay Vineyard

Local clients wanted to include a couple of attractive traditional trusses in the main living room of their new house on their vineyard.  Of Scottish descent they chose an ornate Hammer-beam truss design which reminded them of home. Macrocarpa was used and an oil based red-beech stain applied to match the red-beech joinery reveals through the house.

“…the feeling of confidence and assurity of receiving a totally unique and quality product from professional craftsmen…..We feel privileged to have such an awe inspiring focus to our home that reflects a heritage of time honoured, traditional craftsmanship.”  Audrey and Sam Watt – Ruby Bay Lodge & Vineyard

Hammer-Beam Trusses in a Stonewood Home in Hokitika

Hammer-Beam Trusses in a Stonewood Home in Hokitika

These clients sought a significant timber feature elements for their living room and chose three Hammer-beam trusses.  The traditional joinery was strengthened with partially hidden steel connections to handle the extra roof loads.

King-Post Trusses with Collar-Tie Beams in Christchurch

King-Post Trusses with Collar-Tie Beams in Christchurch

English clients in Tai Tapu chose three King-Post trusses with raised bottom chord for their double height dining room ceiling.  The Macrocarpa trusses are connected with exposed 100 x 100 Macrocarpa Purlins which ties the trusses together both visually and structurally.

King-Post Truss with Queen Posts in Stoke

King-Post Truss with Queen Posts in Stoke

Here, one and a half external King-post trusses were designed, the larger of the two, also incorporating queen-posts.  Combined with posts, rafters and eave beams, the end result was a dramatic outdoor entertaining area and entranceway to this house in Stoke.

King-Post Trusses with Collar-Tie Beams in Mahana

King-Post Trusses with Collar-Tie Beams in Mahana

Having lived and built in Colorado, USA, these clients were very familiar with the traditional craft of timberframe construction and were keen to include some Timberworks features in their substantial renovation of an old shed.  Six Macrocarpa King-post trusses with through-tenon and a raised bottom chord along with exposed purlins were incorporated into the design brief.  These created a stunning feature in the main living area and together with a large number of additional old world design features created a timeless home.

“Our Mahana trusses combine state of the art beauty with old world craftsmanship, but born of today…”   “..working with Timberworks was a great experience and we would do it again.”   Kevin & Pamela Smith

Pool House with King and Queen Post Trusses

Pool House with King and Queen Post Trusses

The designer of this large, rural Canterbury house was looking for something unusual to support the roof over an indoor swimming pool.  The technical challenge with indoor swimming pools is the corrosive affect that the chlorine can have on any exposed steelwork.  This makes a structural timber option more desirable and competitive financially.  Five  Queen Post trusses spanning 9.5m each were crafted using traditional mortise and tenon joinery to provide a stunning indoor space.

King-Post Trusses in a Richmond Cabin

King-Post Trusses in a Richmond Cabin

Two beautiful Rimu King post trusses were crafted from dry timbers provided by the clients.  These were installed in a guest cabin on the clients’ property to add warmth and character to a particularly attractive suite.  This truss design included an optional ‘through tenon’ at the bottom of the King-post passing right through the tie-beam. The trusses were finished with an oil/polyurethane mix giving them a glossy look.  Using a varnish or polyurethane is only an option with well dried timber.