Timber-Frame Transformation (Fine Home Building)
To satisfy a client’s desire for lots of exposed structure, a builder removes conventional roof framing to make way for custom trusses.
By Kiley Jacques
“Recently I heard someone say, ‘The best way to honor a tree is to make something with it that is more miraculous than the tree itself.’ We tried our best with this project.”—Steven Rundquist, timber framer
Brewster Timber Frame Company–owner Steven Rundquist grew up playing in old barns in his home state of Kansas. “I love the look and feel of them,” says the expert timber framer. It was a shared adoration of truss-centric builds that made this project special for Rundquist. In fact, he considers it to be his all-time favorite, partly because the client was so enamored with the notion of timber featuring prominently in her home. She also had myriad ideas for how to personalize the spaces with uniquely inspired built-ins.