Just like it sounds, Post & Beam construction uses solid vertical posts and horizontal beams as supports with cross beams girts and connectors, including roof systems with trusses, valleys and hips (braces/ knee braces from 3×6″ to 6×8″ and up) attached over the top. Post & Beam construction also can use handcrafted logs for both the support beams as well as the cross beams, ridge and purlins.
This method creates a free-standing frame, which is extremely strong, serves as the structural back bone, and provides for an open interior floor plan. Typically the beams are exposed inside the home (and, as is becoming more common, can be exposed on the outside), which provides a great deal of aesthetic character in the interior and exterior design.
Used for centuries, Post & Beam construction is strongly associated with the historical buildings in Europe. Imagine old English pubs, castle-like hybrids and charming German cottages with massive wooden beams running across the ceiling. Today’s Post & Beam homes can use a variety of woods species and stain colors to reflect any design or style. Post & Beam can be used in both new construction and for extensions, and the method works well in combination as accents or a Hybrid.