Posts tagged Feature timber

This project was a prestigious country holiday home set high on a ridge line overlooking the glorious Southern Highlands. The dominant timber, stone, and glass features of the home bring the family out of city life and provide a sense of permanence to the estate.

Traditional Australian materials such as the Ironbark trusses, sandstone, and steel roofing define the down to earth homestead feel, while their scale provides a real sense of elegance.

The Builder, KMI Builders, recently won a Master Builders Association award for Best Use of Structural Timber for this project.

The Black Shed

Located in Mudgee, NSW, the Black Shed was designed to be a small and beautiful part time residence for visiting family, as well as for an occasional short stay rental. With a northerly aspect and a view over the property’s vineyard it enjoys a charming and tranquil setting. 


This building is a wonderful example of what can be achieved in blending a traditional timber frame with conventional building methods. Our partner on this project, Mudgee builder Tall Timber Constructions, prepared the slab and completed the building after the frame was raised by TTF.

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Luke’s team did an outstanding job in the detailing of the Black Shed, and the exposed posts and trusses beautifully enhance the interior space.


Kiels Mountain Truss Set - Start to Finish

The clients on this project we’re after a major visual feature that would make the main living areas of this home both beautiful and unique.
Reclaimed Cypress Pine was chosen for it’s colour, stability, cost and character. The trusses span just over 5 metres and using 200 x 150mm timbers with full traditional pegged joinery.


A king truss design was selected with some slightly curved braces, a chamfer was also added as a fine detail, and the king post was embellished with a shoulder at its base and top.


Here you can see how the trusses are used in conjunction with lightweight stud frames and a purlin roof, resulting in the building schedule being incredibly efficient.


Milled timber is delivered to our workshop, the trusses are set out, and with a 6 metre chord quite a bit of space is required. Each joint is scribed and cut, a system of marking unique to traditional timber framing is used that allows for the irregular edges of this beautiful large dimensioned timber and having millimetre perfect sizing.  The shoulder detail on the king post can be seen here being chiseled out, and the pegs are driven home and sawn off proud of the truss face.


We work closely with the site builder and designer to make sure overall dimensions and  every detail is correct.  The finished trusses are oiled, pegged together and transported to site. The client and their builder simply craned them into place and finished off around them.

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The completed building is super insulated whilst fully admiring the beautiful Queensland scenery and the finished result is a fantastic modern Australian home.
A feature truss set like this is a beautiful and efficient way of adding that fantastic and sought after traditional timber craftsmanship into even the most modern of contemporary houses.


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Double Post Frame with vertical King and Queen posts, now that’s a mouthful, but an impressive truss frame that is apart of quite a complex home build in Picton, NSW. You can see in the video below the use of conventional stud framing, structural steel framework and our traditional timber elements coming together. This is a great example of using feature trusses with conventional building materials to achieve the clients desired result. This is a very steep building site and a crane with good reach was required to lift the steel components, trusses and frame.
Whilst we were on hand to assist with the installation, the installation process is easily within the ability of a competent builder.
The timber used here was stained to the customers specification to colour match with the other elements within the building and their overall interior design.
Once the building is complete, we hope to show you the completed home.