Notched Ceiling Beams

antiquegeekAugust 17, 2010

Hello, all. I found this forum when my husband and I were looking to buy an antique house. We ended up buying our antique and moving in a couple of months ago. We love it!

One of the quirks in our house is that the ceiling beams are notched--does anybody know why ceiling beams would be notched? Thanks!

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rafor
    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 4:48PM
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antiquegeek

Yep--it was built circa 1775, though I'm not sure if the ceiling beams may have been notched out at a later date.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 4:55PM
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antiquesilver

How big are the notches?

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 5:01PM
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antiquegeek

About a foot each--I found a photo to post to show what I'm talking about, but can't figure out how to post it--I'll try again when I get home from work.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 5:04PM
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antiquegeek

okay, trying to upload a photo:

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 8:53AM
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sombreuil_mongrel

More than likely your 1775 house was built with salvaged timber from an even earlier building, OR it was reconfigured at a later date using timbers from the 1775 structure. Dendro-chronology can date when the wood was cut.

Casey

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 12:56PM
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antiquegeek

Thank you so much, Casey--I've reached out ot a dendrochronologist in order to find out more about having it tested.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 2:17PM
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rafor

Looks like some of those beams might have been repurposed as suggested by Casey. Interesting look, though.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 3:46PM
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antiquegeek

Yeah-we walked through several antiques before buying this one and I didn't notice this in any of them. I tried to do a little research online, but didn't find anything, which is how I ventured into this forum.

I found a dendrochronologist who is intersted in taking a sample for her research--once I know more I will definitely update you guys since you were so helpful. Thanks again!

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 4:31PM
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rafor

Where is your house located? We recently bought a 1780 colonial in NH.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 7:50AM
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antiquegeek

Sounds nice, Rafor! We're somewhat close by--we bought on the south shore of Boston.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 9:03AM
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