exposed roof beams - do they have a better name?


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Old 10-11-07, 06:55 AM
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exposed roof beams - do they have a better name?

It's a 1975 house with a design element that I'm trying to give a name to. The door is set back from the front plane of the house and the front porch is *almost* open except for beams that are either a virtual or real extension of the rafters. It gives the impression that some of the skeleton of the home is being revealed over this front porch. I'm sure that someone knows what this is called because it's something that definately helps me define a "70's" house but I dont know what the architecural name for it is. The reason I need to know is so that I can formally place the house style into a category (eg Contemporary or Post-Modern) to help guide me in some of the decisions that I am making. THanks as always!
 
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Old 10-12-07, 06:11 AM
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Rafters

Rafters run at the pitch of the roof, Joists run at the level of the ceiling, beams usually are horizontal and support one or both of the two above.

SO....
Simulated exposed roof rafters
or
Rafter tails

this design element is in many styles - Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Bungalows, Craftsman, Southwestern........

hope that helps
 
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Old 10-12-07, 06:38 AM
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Simulated exposed roof rafters

I think that's what I'll run with although I strongly suspect they are the actual rafters themselves. That said, there is no joists under them or other truss work like the rest of the attic so... I guess they would have to be a simulation since they clearly arent bearing anything.

Interesting and thanks.

As far as the style is there another forum to move into and chase that? Generally it harkens to what seems to be described as contemporary but it doesnt really have the windows to support that theory.

Hmmm...
 
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Old 10-12-07, 07:41 AM
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We call ours exposed beams, and they are the rafters of the house.
 
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Old 10-12-07, 11:40 AM
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Exposed rafters over porch

Entry arbor! Thats what I think it is but instead of being stand-alone and flat roof (like a lot of the googles I've been hitting) it is integral to the roof where the rafters visually extend out over the porch. Ultimately I think it is post modern with a fair amount of glass, angular, craftsmoon looking second floor reveal (full second floor but only 1/2 of it shows above teh 1st floor roof.
 
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What they are

A couple of photos posted on Photobucket would certainly help clear up this mystery.
 
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Old 10-15-07, 04:52 PM
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exposed rafters

Can you see this?
http://s236.photobucket.com/albums/f...st3-oct-07.jpg

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