Friday, 27 November 2015

Douglas Fir Scissor Trusses and Wallframe

We've just designed and raised a nice set of 4 scissor trusses, 2 of which sit over a fully glazed wall frame as shown here. This was always going to be a job for Douglas Fir, not only because the customer specified it, but also because its inherently more stable nature is arguably better suited to this kind of work. It's lighter weight also meant we could raise the trusses by hand rather than needing a crane and the extra expense that brings.
We're also looking at making an adapted scissor truss for the glazed gable frame. It'll need some interesting shaped pieces of glass and some careful detailing, but will make for a really nice light source and intersting feature in the gable.
As always, the site is a work in progress and doesn't warrant photos yet...but some day I'll be back there to see it as a finished work.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Finished but unseen - Trusses and Staircase

We installed these green oak trusses into a renovation project over 18 months ago, and then went back to make a solid oak staircase in late summer last year, but only recently did we get to go back and take some photos worthy of showing the work in the right light. I always enjoy revisiting previous work, and seeing them in a finished portfolio has too many pictures of oak frames with scaffolding and cement mixers in the background.
I don't often suggest oiling the oak frames that produce, but since the staircase warranted a protective finish, this customer decided on oiling the trusses too. I think the effect is a good one, and sets the timber off nicely against the crisp white plaster behind.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Oak trusses with a view

This series of roof trusses took us to the other end of the county, in fact this creek side rebuild is only just West of the Tamar, and the viaduct in the background carries the main railway line into Cornwall. We got fine spring weather for the 2 days that it took us to deliver, assemble and install these, and tea breaks with warm sunshine in this setting were unbeatable!

It's a pretty straightforward set of oak roof trusses based on a raised collar with kingpost but we've tried to put in a few details to keep the proportions right and make it interesting...the curved ties particularly help to elevate the sense of headroom. The kingposts have a gradual taper on them in both planes from top to bottom, and the purlins are housed into the rafters and secured by means of slip tenons...a nice detail that we often use to keep the back of the purlins flush with the backs of the oak trusses. This allows the plasterboard to fly over the back of the all oak, and avoid having ugly shrinkage gaps appearing as the oak shrinks away from the plaster. A small detail, but they all count!

Friday, 26 June 2015

2 storey Oak framed extension in Cornwall

I've fnally found time to post these picture of the large frame we were working on in the New Year. The wintery skyline shows that it has been raised for a while now; in fact we've been there recently fitting glazing, windows and doors and it looks very different now with roof, masonry and glazing all in place. The scaffolding will be coming down soon, and then there'll be more photos to post. Really pleased with how this job went; from start to finish it's been a pleasure to do, and a great one to have in our portfolio.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Work in Progress - 2 storey Green Oak extension

The New Year has seen plenty of changes here, with us finally moving into our new premises; same address just a new workshop acorss the yard from the old one. Infinitely better in many ways, its come at just the right time - the latest project is one of our biggest to date and the extra space has been a necessity. This 2 storey extension was drawn and designed by Paul Slemmings, and will be raised in late March against an old granite farmhouse near Lostwithiel. Plenty of work to do before then, but the its great to start the year with such an interesting project.