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 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.

Custom-designed frame in the Redwood Valley with Douglas Fir entranceway

Custom-designed frame in the Redwood Valley with Douglas Fir entranceway

This house was inspired by the clients’ love of French oak post and beam buildings.  Originally from the Island of Guernsey, they used large timbers plus oversized walls and recycled brick cladding to create a timeless home.  The frame was made from old growth Douglas Fir grown in Nelson and was left bandsawn with just a light sand to make the timber smooth to touch.  A classic irregular chamfer was placed on all the edges and together with the dark stain produced the aged French Oak look that they were aiming for.

“…as we approach winter, we are stocking up on logs for the fire.  You could say we are looking forward to sitting in our living room under the magnificent structure the Timberworks crew created for us.  We have had so many positive comments from visitors, friends and family over the last year which makes us feel really proud of what we have got here.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for a wonderful experience and an awesome result.” – Simon and Kay Duquemin