It’s always busy, busy, busy in the English Oak Buildings workshop – so, what are we working on at present? A frame with an amazing sling brace truss, that’s what!

Although we get requests for jobs from all over the place, this current project is a local job in Wiltshire, with the frame due to be raised in mid-March. The team is currently manufacturing a two storey, four bay extension with a sling brace truss to first floor master bedroom. As we explain in our blog here, a sling brace truss is a stunning way to add the wow-factor to your home, and is one of the most eye-catching types of cross frame.

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A sling brace truss has two angled curved members that run from the horizontal wall post up to the collar. A collar tie is the horizontal timber connecting the principal rafters partway along their lengths; used to reduce sagging or spreading of rafters.

The effect is a long curve of timer that sweeps across the ceiling and arches together for a kind of vaulted effect, rather than hugging tight to the wall. Using our 3-D Modelling techniques, we’re able to give the client an idea of the finished build:

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Adding an extension to a property is a common way of introducing this kind of impressive framing effect without changing the structure of your existing building, and by taking advantage of various cladding effects, it’s possible to seamlessly blend the aesthetics of the architecture. Contact us on info@englishoakbuildings.com today to find out more!