Located in western Ohio, this hybrid timber frame uses two Douglas fir kingpost trusses set about 10 feet apart and flanking a fully timber framed dormer with a half round window. Since there are no trusses at either end of the room, the purlins land on conventionally framed end walls. This is a common method of getting the most bang for your timber framing buck – reduce the overall timber piece count. This also helps to lessen the sometimes overwhelming feeling of having so much wood overhead.
The trusses are set on top of the stud walls, also eliminating a significant number of timbers like posts and braces and eave plates. This makes things like windows, doors, wiring, plumbing, not to mention furniture placement a lot less complicated. The adjacent kitchen and dining areas have timber ceiling joists and a drywall (instead of tongue & groove) ceiling.