Timber Frame Trusses
As a truss with two thousand years of history, the King Post Truss proves that simplicity is never outdated. From spanning cathedrals, bridges, and houses in Medieval Europe to strengthen bi-planes for aerial acrobatics shows in the 1920’s, the King Post Truss epitomizes heavy timber construction as the art of combining the traditional material and designs with modern technologies.
The King Post Scissor Timber Truss handles long spans and supports heavy load. In heavy timber construction, this truss combines with an attic or collar tie trusses over a loft area, creating the space for a great room.
The Hammer Beam Timber Truss elegantly distributes the roof load, extending weight down through the first floor system by way of heavy posts. This truss is favored in heavy timber construction in situations where wide, clear spans are required and where a different structural member would obstruct the view of gable end windows.
The Craftsman Timber Truss combines beautiful features from both the Hammer Beam and the King Post Truss. Decorative metal strapping adds the special touch of the blacksmith’s craftsmanship to this truss design. This timber truss works well in a variety of spans and roof pitches and is one of the most popular designs. It raises the beam and thus leaves an open space much like an upside down ship hull.
Timber Frame Truss Design
Each timber frame system is designed to be economically integrated into virtually any structure, regardless of what type of wall system you choose. Whether you select timber trusses for the great room, kitchen-dining area, entryway, outdoor shelter or porch, Harmony’s timber trusses add old-world craftsmanship and lasting value to your residential or commercial project.
Each system is created one-at-a-time; combining artisan craftsmanship with the industry’s most advanced CNC technology. Prominent in our work is a variety of wood-to-wood joinery styles including including traditional wood-pegged mortise and tenon, along with dove-tailed connections.
Should engineering necessitate or style preference dictate, we are fully capable of incorporating steel as either external plate and bolt systems or internal knife-plates with hidden reinforced steel joinery.
Whether your challenge is creative or structural, inside or out, choosing to use a timber system in your design is always a sound solution which assures ageless style, natural beauty and enduring strength and value.