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.

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 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

Gazebo in Mapua

Gazebo, Mapua

Timberworks has designed and built a couple of Post and Beam gazebos as a mini show-homes for various exhibitions.  These were designed to be less than 10sqm so that they can be built without the need and expense of building consent.  Ideal for spa pool, garden, park setting or similar.  This one was sold on as a outdoor seating area.

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

Dramatic two-storey frame in Leigh

Dramatic two-storey frame in Leigh

This stunning location in Leigh, looking over the hills to the sea beyond was crying out for an equally sensational property.  The clients had researched timberframing and had many ideas they wanted to incorporate into their new home.  An extensive home with two-storey Great Hall and dining area was planned with single storey wings to either side.  Lawson cypress was used and all connections were made using traditional mortise and tenon joints.  Deep hammer-beam trusses were incorporated into the frame in the Great Hall, finished with carved pendants at the base of the hammer-posts.  Sadly, we don’t yet have any photos of the finished house but we’re confident it looks spectacular.

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.