As a style enthusiast, I love details which are heavy on form and function. The triangular knee brace perfectly embodies both. A knee brace (also known as a gable or eave bracket) is a diagonal support set between two right-angle airplanes to strengthen their relationship. You’ll often find knee braces on Craftsman homes with gable roofs. The gable end of a roof typically has eaves formed by lookouts; those eaves happen to be the perfect location for knee braces.
Robert Nehrebecky AIA, Re:New Architecture
Knee braces can be utilised in programs aside from gables — porticoes, as an example.
This home boasts many Craftsman features, such as a knee wall railing, exposed rafters, square foot columns and, of course, knee pads aplenty.
Ventana Construction LLC
Loaded with architectural details, this Seattle home features knee braces in Benjamin Moore’s Newburg Green.
Mark Brand Architecture
Both this pool home and the chief home feature clipped-gable roofs with decorated knee braces.
Lankford Associates Landscape Architects
Knee braces are greater than appropriate with this family farmhouse in Skagit Valley, Washington.
RW Anderson Homes
Dual gables involve several knee braces.
Exposed structural members and trimwork are painted here, while the shingles have been left in their natural state.
Richard Bubnowski Design LLC
Knee braces support the front and side gables with this seaside shingle home.
Avenue B Development
Painted in a contrasting charcoal color, the pedestals and knee braces pop against this home’s light gray exterior.
Tell us: How do you consult with a knee brace? Can it be a gable bracket or a eave brace or something different entirely?
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