Roof rescue

Antique timber frame withstands tornado


Project Details

Client need—Even before the tornado, this 1756 post and beam was the oldest house in the neighborhood. In the tornado’s wake, it was one of the only houses standing. Some people said, “They don’t make them like that anymore.” But the roof was damaged and the client’s wanted an authentic replacement. And they wanted it before the New England winter.

What we did—We cut a new roof frame from red oak and used the same pegged mortise and tenon joinery that had been used by the housewright 255 years before. But we added a structural insulated panel system that gives the roof an R30 insulation value and gives our clients a wholly new level of comfort. Now they can enjoy their old house without the chill. People say, “The don’t make them like that anymore.” Right—we have a twenty-first century standard of energy efficiency.

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