Post and Beam Homes, From the Inside

Sue | May 29th, 2014 - 6:39 am

Post and Beam homes have much character and charm, but the heart of this drama is mainly visible on the interior of a home. Instead of stacked log walls or conventionally framed walls the timbers themselves carry the load and structure of the home. Let’s take a tour of heavy timber post and beam home that was designed with a focus on open space and lofty ceilings.

square timber frame kitchen

Post and Beam Homes with Cathedral Ceilings

First, to gain a feel for just how high these cathedral ceilings are look first at the scissor truss which dominates the top of the photo. Second look at the size of the bar stools and the refrigerator. The bar chairs are extra tall, but they are dwarfed by the wood ceiling.

Next, I would like to point out the intricacy of the truss itself. Notice the webbing which joins the top chord and bottom chord of the truss. Douglas Fir timbers are used for all of the timber frame work in this home.

Heavy Timber Frame and Great Rooms

If we were to stand in the kitchen and turn completely around this is the view that would envelope us. Here we see the great room with a tall stone fireplace situated in the center of the gable wall. A second timber truss is located over this section of the home. The wood floors, wood trim around the windows, and the timber work supporting the home all come together in this photo. The edge of the loft is also visible to the right of the photo. The loft railing is made of square timber posts with thin metal rods inset between.

square timber frame great room

Post and Beam Homes ~ Dining Room

Also located on the first floor is a formal dining room. Often when a great room is included in a post and beam home floor plan spaces such as a formal dining room or formal living room are excluded. For these owners a formal dining room was an important feature. So here we see the slate tile from the kitchen extended into this room. The support posts and exposed timber joists for the loft are visible on the walls and ceilings. The furnishings for this room are also tastefully chosen.

square timber frame dining room

Post and Beam Home Bedrooms

Here we see an upstairs bedroom in this timber frame home. A shed dormer has been added to this size of the home to allow for more head room. The exposed square timbers line the ceiling. The wood feel is further carried through via the wood flooring, 1×6 pine tongue and groove on the ceilings, and the window trim. But to keep the wood from being to overpowering the owners have elected to keep some drywall, primarily on the walls of this home and one a few of the first floor ceilings.

post and beam bedroom

Post and Beam Home Kits

If a post and beam home is your desire, then an understanding of the type of post and beam home kits is the next step. The simplest kit is a timber shell only. This is where we provide the blueprints and the timber superstructure or ‘skeleton’ of your home.

For those who desire a more complete post and beam home kit we also offer a full dryin package. A dryin package includes the blueprints, timber superstructure, and the other dryin materials such as– exterior doors, windows, roofing, soffit, fascia, SIP panels or conventional framing, exterior wood siding, exterior door and window trim, first floor subfloor, upper subfloor, assembly materials, etc.

A post and beam home often appeals to those who love wood but prefer some plaster or drywall walls interspersed through out the home. Post and beam home floor plans and kits are fully customizable.

Cowboy Log Homes

Any projected costs, cost estimates, material costs, and estimated construction/ building costs, are only the opinion of Cowboy Log Homes and are drawn from our experience. Every home is custom tailored to meet our individual client's wants and desires. The construction of a log or timber home is based on two primary costs: material provided by the log home company and construction costs contracted with Cowboy Log Homes as the builder or another builder of the customer's choice. Final costs are obtained and contracted with each respectively. Cowboy Log Homes is simply the "glue" that helps bring these two together to provide a final culmination of a customer's project. * Please note photos and elevations may differ some from accompanying floor plans.
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