Trusses are great - they enable us to put a roof (or floor) over long spans so we can have large, open rooms, like this family space with a fireplace, TV, and billiards table.
The truss in the existing room, however, was oppressively low. This playroom was placed a couple steps down from the rest of the main floor level of the house, and to walk from the kitchen into the playroom, the bottom chord (horizontal member in b4 pic) actually encroached into the code-required head room. (Code requires 6'-8" vertical space- the height of all standard doors).
In addition to the code violation, it just felt yucky. Here you were, in a large space, with a not-flat high ceiling, but with those thick, dark beams cutting across the space at the top of the wall, you didn't get the benefit of that tall space- you felt squashed from above.
|Old Truss Configuration w/ heavy, low bottom chord|
|New Truss Configuration|
|New windows (same door to kitchen on far left of both pics)|
|Before- Yucky windows - no light or view!|
Take away: space is about more than just space.
|New Room - trusses painted|
|Newly renovated, more classic exterior|