If you’re planning a custom home design, then one of the things you want out of your design is for it to have a unique appearance. You don’t want a home that looks like it was manufactured off an assembly line, after all. One way to get a unique look out of your home design is by using exposed trusses.
Most home designs have gable or pitched-roof forms. Although aesthetically pleasing, this is mostly a functional design as it helps to shed snow and water from your building. The space right below the roof is usually relegated to an attic space. Attic spaces are often ignored or used as additional storage space. Instead of designing an attic space below your roof, consider not having an attic at all and using exposed trusses. Trusses are basically wood beams that are used to help support the roof. While usually hidden by the ceiling and exposed in the attic, getting rid of the ceiling allows you to expose them to your living spaces.
Not only does getting rid of the ceiling help to open up the space of your home, creating a more airy and spacious atmosphere, but the trusses that are exposed will help to add architectural interest, helping to reduce the risk of a bland interior design. You can paint your trusses to compliment your walls, or you can leave them in their natural wood color to help add contrast and visual weight. The use of exposed trusses also helps to add pattern and line to the interior design, giving it more depth and texture as well. An example of the use of exposed trusses can be seen in our House in a Mountain Meadow design.
Consider exposing your home’s trusses and contact us at Gelotte Hommas Architecture today.