1,040 sq. ft. Timber Frame Home, Tolland, CT

    This 26' x 40' timber frame home is efficient and cozy. It is built into a hillside with a walk-out basement and a 12' x 26' covered deck with timber roof featuring arched bottom chord king post trusses and 1x8 pine tongue & groove ceiling.

    Evening entertaining under the king post trusses on the 12' x 26' covered deck
    Evening entertaining under the king post trusses on the 12' x 26' covered deck

    The entrance to the timber frame home has a timber frame portico in similar design to the covered porch over the deck. Over the windows, timber frame eyebrow roofs with corrugated rusty metal roofing bring a rustic western design style. A 3' rusty corrugated metal wainscot adds to the western feel. The home is sided in 1x8 vertical shiplap pine.

    The 12' x 26' covered timber frame deck is the focus of the design. 26' long king post timber trusses with arched bottom chords form the timber roof system and make a classy statement. The living room windows, which look out onto the deck, follow the curve of the trusses. Notice the attention to detail on the deck railings: steel tension lines are used so they don’t obstruct the view.

    Another king post timber truss with arched bottom chord is found in the cathedral ceiling of the living room. The kitchen, dining, and living room share the space under the 26' timber truss. There is a nice flow from the outside in—great for entertaining—and many windows keep the interior nice and bright. Timber beams are found in the hallway and along the transition to the loft. A stairway leads to the loft which overlooks the living room. Again, notice the steel tension lines in the loft and along the stairway in place of railings to not block the view. A wood stove in the living room keeps the entire space warm & cozy.

    The clients love their new home and recently held their wedding reception there. The covered timber frame deck worked out perfectly for entertaining many guests. It’s all happily ever after in this timber frame home.