Post and beam homes are popular for luxury homes and lodges and also for vacation get-aways. Noted for its strength and endurance, post and beam construction is also strikingly beautiful!
Almost a forgotten art, post and beam construction dates back several hundred years. And many of those original buildings, both homes and barns, are still standing today!
The beauty of post and beam homes, with both structural and decorative beams, is limited only by your imagination!
Planning Your Post and Beam Home
In order to be structurally sound, your post and beam house plans should be drawn up by a certified structural engineer.
They will then be “stamped”, which shows that they meet the requirements for being safe and strong.
You can’t just choose any house plan for building post and beam homes.
However, an experienced architect with the right skills and certification, can alter a plan to make it a post and beam home.
Post and Beam Barns
Who said post and beam construction was only for people?
Post and beam barns were commonly constructed in Europe and in the U.S. in the early years of our country’s history.
Those old barns were super strong. And many people today are choosing to construct their new horse barns this way.
When I lived in Pennsylvania, I had a post and beam barn. While the wood on its exterior certainly did look weathered, the structure itself was very strong. The barn was built in the 1800s.
While post and beam buildings can be costly (especially for a barn), they are extremely strong and durable and will last for more than a lifetime.
Cabins and Additions
Not everyone wants a huge home. And smaller cabins can give you the look you want—without the expense of a large luxury home.
Or, perhaps you already have a home but would like to add an addition.
One way to make your current home special, without the expense and bother of building a new home, is to build an addition onto your home.
A post and beam addition will add real class, and because it costs far less than a new home, you can do it now…