Post and Beam Homes

Sue | October 31st, 2009 - 12:48 pm

Round Post and Beam Homes

Post and Beam homes are the medium between the solid log home and square timber frame. Post and Beam allow for more flexibility in design elements than the handcrafted log homes. Each log used is hand peeled and then hand scribed to fit into the log structure. There are no machine cuts, everything is done by hand. This makes each home unique.

post and beam cottage

Round post and beam construction allows for the roundness of the log to be seen on the inside and the outside of the home. The round posts are the superstructure and then framing lumber is used between the logs. Each of the log beams are the skeleton of the home that supports the framing lumber. The logs are flattened and grooved for the dimensional lumber and flooring. Additionally each time an interior wall intersects with the log structure the logs are pre- notched for the interior wall and finish material. If drywall will be hung on a particular wall, then there will be a channel cut into the log for the drywall to slide into. This greatly reduces time and labor on the job site.

Mortise and Tenon Joinery

mortise and tenon log joinery

Log species for the post and beam homes include Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, and Pine. Each has its own characteristics but one of the most noticeable is the color. Western Red Cedar gets its name from the red hue that is visible when the bark is removed. The Douglas Fir is a lighter color than the Western Red Cedar, but still retains more color than Pine.

All logs are lifted with slings to prevent marking on the logs. The full super structure of these homes is completely assembled in the yard. Then they are hand sanded on all log surfaces, smoothing knots and buffing out any chain saw marks or scars. We have had many contractors comment that they can’t believe how smooth the logs are to touch.

post and beam prow front handcrafted log home

Log posts for our round post and beam construction are typically have a mean diameter of 13 inches and can range from 12 to 14. The logs are flattened and prepared for finish material and framing lumber.

When a second floor is included in a plan, round log floor joist beams are used to support the upper floor.

For ease of assembly on the job site, the ridge beam and the roof purlins are pitch cut (angle cut) for the roof system. Notice the ridge beam (the highest one) has two different angles cut into it. The purlins each have one.

Log trusses are also used for these homes. Here is example an of a hand crafted log a king truss. Sometimes a scissor truss is used to allows for more lift to the interior ceiling. When a handcrafted log home is built into the gable wall or gable end of a home it is called a gable truss.

post and beam king truss over log home kitchen

If a home has a second floor or open loft, the package will include hand crafted railing for the stairs and loft or balcony. Usually the wood species is matched to the wood species of the log home.

Post and beam are the type of home still gives the rustic log feel, but also allows for creativity. More homeowners are choosing this old world style of construction for everything from home additions to mansions.

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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