Arched trusses

Vaulted ceiling adds old-world elegance to a new home

Long Island facade

Long Island facade

Project Details

Client need—This brick house, a secondary residence on a Long Island estate, was designed for the client’s mother. The architect, Oliver Cope, called on us to build a timber-framed cathedral ceiling for the formal living room.

What we did—Timber framing can be incorporated into the design of a conventional building. To support the roof for the high-ceilinged room, we built a handsome set of arched trusses that rests on conventionally framed walls and supports the roof, providing beauty and functionality. On each timber we added a requested chamfer detail called “lamb’s tongue,” hand-carved with our smallest framing chisels. The finishing touch was the rich, dark finish on the beams.

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