Hammer Beam Truss Design

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A hammer beam truss design allows for a large open space and creates a real sense of drama. This custom lakefront home certainly has plenty of that, and interesting features throughout. We crafted the large home's timber framed main level, including the front entry porch, covered rear terrace and wrap around porches.

Gently curved king post trusses welcome you upon arrival. The ground level wrap around porch and terrace offer plenty of spots to relax outside. The main suite includes a generous sleeping porch.

Crafted out of Douglas fir, the great room showcases two unique curved timber framed balconies resting on 8x12 timbers that make up the frame's solid perimeter structure. Each hammer beam truss spans over 25 feet. The generous 8x8 and 8x10 timbers impart a sense of strength and permanence. 

The light and open kitchen is warmed up by the custom ceiling timber grid and the matching wood hood, door and window trim. The dining room and main suite also feature ceiling timbers. The main bedroom's dark ceiling boards help give it a serene and intimate atmosphere, although it's a generous 20'x15' room. 

A family room loft leads to more bedrooms upstairs. Two front bedrooms have exterior private porches. Form and function are perfectly balanced throughout this beautiful home. 

truss in shop

Exterior truss assembled in the shop

hammer beam truss raising
Interior timber frame

Interior great room and loft framing

Custom timber frame home
Entry porch
Dramatic timber frame

Hammer Beam Truss Design​​​​

timber frame plan

Design: Will McSwain / McSwain Design Studio

timber frame great room
main bedroom

Main bedroom​​​​

loft family room
custom kitchen

A  cook's kitchen

building custom table
table progress
timber framed table base
hand crafted table
custom table with lazy susan

After the home was completed our client asked us to make a custom dining table. Stephen loves creating one of a kind heirlooms and was happy to oblige. The table features a lazy susan in the center, making it perfect for family meals. It complements the home's timber work beautifully and will serve as a favorite spot to enjoy a meal.