Post and Beam House Plans

Sue | May 11th, 2012 - 9:42 am

In our collection of over 100 log and timber home plans remember that any of them can be built in any of the 5 styles we offer. Our handcrafted round post and beam homes are usually reserved for larger log home of at least 2000 square feet, but there are times when a post and beam or timber frame is built in a smaller 1000 square foot rendering. So let’s ponder some of the features of Post and Beam house plans.

Post and Beam Cabin

A post and beam cabin would be something under 1000 square feet or 1500 square feet. It would probably have four exterior corners, a half loft, and a small great room. The post and beam work shows between the beam and post superstructure.

Post and Beam House Plans

This post and beam house plan is shown with cedar siding on the exterior of the gable and on the exterior of the gable end. The round log work is visible in the corners, ridge beams, purlins, posts and beams on the covered porch and in the post and beam covered carport. This plan has a two car garage built into the end of it.

beam and post home

Post and Beam Home

Our second photos shows a post and beam home with an upper balcony — very attractive, two covered entries, a gable dormer, and a steep roof pitch. The cedar shakes and the vertical and horizontal posts and beams  work together to make this home lovely. The floor plan on the inside could be arranged just about any way someone would desire. I think a large great room with exposed beams and a high cathedral ceiling is very important in keeping the Post and Beam feel.

post and beam cottage

I realize at times people cannot look beyond the functionality of a home. They think they might want a log or timber home but the very features that make them so special and unique the owner cannot bring himself  or herself to ‘splurge’ on. Let me put in bluntly, you either want a timber home that FEELS like a timber home, or you should save your money and go build a conventional home. End of quandary.

One thing to remember with post and beam construction is it is more expensive than a standard construction home or a milled log home. The timber work is all fully precut and formed with mortise and tenon joints etc.  Some owners decide to go with SIP panels between the posts and beams. For R-value this is a nice choice. SIP panels can also be used on the roof.

Post and Beam House Plans are capable of wider open spaces than a stacked log. Most great rooms are round 24 feet wide. But some of these great rooms expand to widths of over 27 feet. If you have ever visited the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone Park then you have seen a very wide post and beam structure within a stacked log shell. The grand entryway with the huge stone fireplace was one of the very first extremely impressive log homes of all time.  Remember any plan can be modified, any dream can be realized, and any Round Post and Beam Home can be a Cowboy Log Home!

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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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