Timber trusses, Beams
Timber trusses, Beams

A French Country home just isn’t complete without some great timber beams.

This home, built in Mountain River Estates, Bend, Oregon featured a Great Room with a spectacular ceiling of trussed mortise and tendon beams.  Timber beams can subtly add style and grace to a residence, or in this case, be the shining star in a room.

The surrounding walls are Venetian Plaster and Brick. I stained the beams myself, using a proprietary blend of vinegar, steel wool and few other special ingredients. I often stain special beams, headers and sills myself — just to make sure everything comes together right.

Timber beams help open up a room — and even if they aren’t 100% real trussed beams — they are worth the expense.

Great Room Beams by Jess Alway
Great Room Beams by Jess Alway

Here’s another view — this one straight on from the upstairs. Over the rail you can look down into the Great Room. A barn door on an iron rail can be slid behind the handrail to hide the room below, fully separating the spaces. But I like the open look. It’s great to be that close to the timber beams — you can see all the details, their strength and beauty.

Jess Alway