Post and beam construction, also called timber framing, is a process of framing out a building using two posts perpendicular to the foundation with a beam over top of them holding them in place. The structure forms a square with the foundation, although the corners are often braced or rounded.
Today’s post and beam construction technology uses a variety of advanced techniques, but the technique itself is ancient. Post and beam construction can be found among the ruins of many of our ancient civilizations, from Greek and Roman structures to Stonehenge.
Most single family homes today are framed with dimensional lumber, such as a 2 X 4. Today, post and beam construction refers to using heavy squared beams instead, which can have a finished aesthetic similar to dimensional lumber construction or can be partially exposed, revealing a unique beauty you can’t find in other styles.
Speak with a designer today about the addition of post and beam construction into your custom home plans.