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.

Pool House

Pool House in Mapua

Activekidz Swimschool in Mapua wanted to extend their teaching season by adding an indoor pool to their existing outdoor facility.  Sitting on the hill above the village of Mapua, overlooking Tasman Bay and the Richmond Ranges beyond, the new building needed to be in keeping with the self-catering chalets on site and nestle unobtrusively into the landscape. Our clients wanted a contemporary look with plenty of exposed timber to frame the views through the large glazed areas.  The roof and end-wall cross-bracing added a fun element to the design which worked well for an area that was to be used for teaching.
Hire the pool for an hour and see firsthand how the poolhouse looks; go to Activekidz Swim School for more information.

A ‘Cruck’ Hall at Rippon Winery

Cruck Hall at the Rippon Winery

The family who run Rippon winery, overlooking Lake Wanaka, had a vision to create a wedding and events venue to take advantage of the spectacular setting amongst the vines looking to the Southern Alps.  They had grand ideas. The resultant Rippon Hall is stunning.

Four enormous portal frames were crafted from larch grown on the farm and together with the exposed purlins, ridges and hip rafters, provided the framework of the Main ‘Cruck’ Hall. A combination of mortise and tenon joinery and hidden and exposed steel hardware were used for the connections.  Recycled native rimu was used for the floor, which complements the majestic timber trusses perfectly.  This is one of Timberworks’ more unusual projects, a truly dramatic building and a lasting legacy for the next few generations of the family who have worked the land here since the early 1900s.

Expansive Douglas Fir frame in Kaikoura

Expansive Douglas Fir frame in Kaikoura

Kaikoura Mountain Retreat was a truly inspiring project to be involved in. The location has unsurpassed views over the Kaikoura coast line and mountain ranges. The clients have extensive experience in the international timber industry and knew the style of property they wished to create and from which species of timber. The Post and beam frame is made from Canadian Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar. The structure consists of two 12m long by 1m deep girder trusses which sit on four large posts and are connected with black steel plates and traditional Mortise & tenon joinery. Spanning between the two girder trusses are nine 6m span arch trusses at 1.5m centres.  Douglas Fir common rafters tie the trusses into the side walls.  The end result is spectacular, the photos say it all.