One of the most intriguing design features of this timber framed great room is the system of timber columns supporting something that almost looks like the yardarms of a mast. These somewhat unusual “yardarms” in turn support girts that run the length of the great room bridge and define the truncated cathedral ceiling. Once a timber frame design breaks out of the centuries old sanctioned design conventions, interesting timber frame configurations like this one are often devised to handle the challenges of non-traditional designs – all with the flair and charm of traditional joinery.
The bridge above the foyer corresponds to an arcade-like hallway below, and links the two bedroom wings on either side of the great room. There is a kitchen and dining area off to one side of the great room with timber ceiling joists and white washed tongue and groove ceiling.
Designer: Fretz Simonds Homebuilders, Inc.
Location: Lehigh County, Pennsylvania