Copper Box Gutters on Black Barndominium

On this scenic project, we installed copper box gutters with contemporary downspouts on a renovated barndominium (a converted barn) in the Tennessee countryside.

Components: Gutters, Downspouts, Box Gutters, Copper Gutters, Contemporary Downspouts

Project City: Santa Fe, Tennessee

Project By: David Lovett

Check out these modern copper box gutters on a newly renovated black barndominium in the beautiful Tennessee countryside.

Project Scope

This rural-setting, old-country-vibe barndominium features a fully seamless copper rain gutter system using Box gutters and contemporary downspouts crafted from durable 16 oz. copper. In terms of construction, the gutters and downspouts are meticulously crafted with an emphasis on quality and durability. All the joints of the copper gutters were soldered, a technique chosen to extend their lifespan to 50-100 years. The absence of a fascia required us to attach the gutters directly to the rafter tails, a challenge we’re particularly proud of.

Project Notes

  • There were 80 feet of gutter and 5 downspouts. While the project was relatively small (linear feet), the custom nature of the design was grand.
  • Challenges faced: The lack of a fascia was challenging. Typically, homes have fascia behind gutters; however, this home’s architecture intentionally featured visible rafter tails.
  • Special tools and materials: The use of rivets instead of screws provided a cleaner look. Soldering – we used 50/50 lead/tin in the soldering of the joints.
Check out these modern copper box gutters on a newly renovated black barndominium in the beautiful Tennessee countryside.

Lovett Gutters is one of few guttering companies in Middle Tennessee with machines to produce Modern Copper Box gutters on-site. While we produce them for our installation projects, we also regularly chop n’ drop them for commercial customers.

Check out these modern copper box gutters on a newly renovated black barndominium in the beautiful Tennessee countryside.
Check out these modern copper box gutters on a newly renovated black barndominium in the beautiful Tennessee countryside.
Check out these modern copper box gutters on a newly renovated black barndominium in the beautiful Tennessee countryside.

Copper Box Gutters

  • Type: 6” Modern Box Gutter
  • Material: Copper
  • Color: Material is the color
  • Thickness: 16 ounce

Copper hangers were used on these box gutters. They were spaced every 2 feet, aligning with the rafter tails, and leveled in a manner that allows the gutters to slope to drain.

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Check out these modern copper box gutters on a newly renovated black barndominium in the beautiful Tennessee countryside.

Custom Copper Downspouts

  • Type: Rectangle, squared-off pipe. Rivets only (no screws)
  • Material: Copper
  • Dimensions: 3″ x  4″

As you might expect with a completely copper rain gutter system, we chose complementary copper downspouts. Typically, you would use screws on downspouts, but this project used rivets to create a smooth, upscale look.

Technically, there are no elbows on this project. Instead of joining downspouts to separate copper elbows (premade, prefab elbows), angles are cut out of a single piece of copper metal, then the entire downspout is bent to create the elbow angles.

Final Notes:

  • Notice the rafter tails! We needed to be precise in spacing brackets far enough apart to attach the copper gutters dead-center on the rafter tails.
  • An old or aged fascia (or this project – NO fascia) can lead to the warping and waving of copper (or any material). The absence of a fascia and the newness of the wood used on the rafter tail improves the longevity of the new copper gutters.
  • Notice the matching accents! The customer was dead set on matching copper gutters to the black roofing and siding, wood features, and copper accents like the lights and some fixtures.
  • Soldering is common while working on copper. Since copper doesn’t rust, the soldered joints don’t rust. Unlike sealing/silicone, which can degrade over time potentially causing leaks. Soldering prevents this.
  • The downspouts were uniquely tailored. Instead of using separate elbows, typical in standard designs, the downspout pipes were custom fashioned to give the elbow/bend appearance as one seamless piece of material.
Check out these modern copper box gutters on a newly renovated black barndominium in the beautiful Tennessee countryside.
Check out these modern copper box gutters on a newly renovated black barndominium in the beautiful Tennessee countryside.
Check out these modern copper box gutters on a newly renovated black barndominium in the beautiful Tennessee countryside.
Check out these modern copper box gutters on a newly renovated black barndominium in the beautiful Tennessee countryside.
Check out these modern copper box gutters on a newly renovated black barndominium in the beautiful Tennessee countryside.

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