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Notched Ceiling Beams

Posted by antiquegeek (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 17, 10 at 16:10

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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Is your house post and beam construction?


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


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How big are the notches?


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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.


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okay, trying to upload a photo:


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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


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


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


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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!


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


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


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