Skip to content

Log Post and Beam Homes

Post and Beam in Georgia

The appeal of large, handcrafted logs and a rustic design has always been a popular desire for log home enthusiasts. However, many potential log home buyers do not necessarily want the full log walls associated with handcrafted and milled designs. The understated allure of the Post and Beam style can be a great alternative to consider to full log wall homes.

What is Log Post and Beam?

Compared to traditional log homes, the Post and Beam style is comprised of vertical posts that support the beams and truss accents throughout a home’s interior. This style creates a structural and aesthetic alternative to utilizing complete log walls. While retaining their own unique look, post and beam designs created at PrecisionCraft still feature elements like the exposed cross beams, handcrafted posts, and mixture of materials that create the mountain-style look prevalent in many complete handcrafted or milled log home designs.

Why are Post and Beam Designs Appealing?

When couples are looking into building a log home, many of them do not know there are alternative options to building with full log walls. The Post and Beam style provides structure, but also offers clients the rustic, mountain-style charm they’ve sought after in a log home design, without the effect of complete wood throughout.Post and Beam Truckee

Other Benefits of Log Post and Beam Homes

Along with offering a unique design alternative, post and beam log homes create faster build times and can reduce building costs as compared to a traditional handcrafted log home. Utilizing log posts and beams for structural or decorative accents, also opens up the option of mixing other building styles in alongside the logs. For instance, many of our clients will include a complete log wall or two as accents in their post and beam design.

 

For more visual examples of Post and Beam style designs, visit PrecisionCraft’s Post and Beam Homes page and browse through our Post and Beam design concepts.

A Project Manager Perspective – Part 4

Over the last year we have offered insight from several members of our Project Management team on what it is like to be a part of a client’s dream home coming to fruition. Today we spoke with Dan, another valued PrecisionCraft team member, on what it has been like working with Steve and Patty, a couple building their custom timber frame home in Northwest Washington.

Why did the couple decide to build in Washington?

Steve is retiring from a career as a Life Flight helicopter pilot in Texas, so the couple has been looking for a place in their home state of Washington to build their dream home for years. They chose their Lilliwaup location for its lush, green forests and proximity to a channel of the Puget Sound.

Why did they choose to work with PrecisionCraft?

Steve and Patty had been researching energy efficient homes for a long time. Learning how well timber framing and structural insulated panels (SIPs) worked together, and how fast they could go up, the couple started to look for home building companies that offered both. Intrigued by the rustic timber framing featured in several PrecisionCraft homes, they decided that PrecisionCraft was the right company to create their custom timber frame and SIP home.

What do you think is unique about this project?

Shell-in of Washington homeWhat I thought was really unique was that when the couple reviewed the builders from our Builder Bid Administration process, they ended up choosing one that had no previous SIP experience. The builder did an excellent install of the SIP panels, and everything worked out seamlessly. The couple ended up really liking their builder and has developed a relationship with him, which is important in a custom home building project.

What has been the most challenging aspect of the project?

The road leading to Steve and Patty’s property is very steep and has made delivering materials to the site quite arduous at times. The rainy weather that Washington is known for has also proven to be a bit of a challenge. The installation of the home’s asphalt shingles was actually bumped up to help protect the home from the elements during the rest of construction.

What is your favorite part about working with Steve and Patty?

My favorite part of Steve and Patty’s project is their excitement. You can tell that building this home is the realization of a lifelong dream coming true for them; it is really something special to be able to share that with them.

Building a Future from the Past

Stone home

The 1849 Stone House

For Nicole and Ronnie, building a home rooted in tradition was something they had dreamt about for a long time. Living in historical Bedford, Pennsylvania, the couple owns 200 acres of land that has been passed down in Nicole’s family for generations. Included on the property is a stone house that was built in 1849.  While it is not uncommon for clients to come to PrecisionCraft with inherited acreage, the couple’s request to incorporate their existing stone home into their new design was a first. Here is the story of how Nicole and Ronnie worked with PrecisionCraft’s M.T.N Design to create a design that showcased their past, while accommodating for their future.

When the couple first started browsing through PrecisionCraft’s website, they were instantly struck by the look of an existing home in Idaho that blended multiple building textures, including log and timber with a significant section of stone. Comforted by PrecisionCraft’s success with blending stone with a timber structure, the couple went to M.T.N Design to create a similar timber frame design that would incorporate their 164-year-old stone home as a similar section.

PA home rendering

Nicole and Ronnie's Rendered Design

 

The couple wanted their design to be laid out so that the original home’s stone could not only be seen from the new home’s interior, but could also function as a part of their new home’s floor plan. To accommodate this, their designer incorporated doors leading from the dining and great rooms into the stone home’s main floor. The structure’s original staircase would be restored during construction to be used as a secondary staircase. The stone home section was also reconfigured to function as an office for Nicole and Ronnie and a game room for their children.

Overall, the couple wanted a home that showcased their family’s history while still providing for their modern day lifestyle. Their new 7,000 square foot home design has all the amenities they need and includes luxury spaces like; four bedroom suites, an expansive master closet, and a large exercise room above the garage. Moving from the inside out, the couple’s love for outdoor dining also prompted their designer to include glass bi-fold doors off of the great room. These doors can fold away to reveal an expansive, covered outdoor living space where the family can barbeque and enjoy their historic acreage.

 

This unique blend of past and present is scheduled to begin construction summer 2013. Keep an eye out for future updates on Nicole and Ronnie’s dream home project on Facebook.

 

Progression of a Mountain Community Log Home

View of Evergreen

Bob's Property View

Retirement in Mind 

An avid outdoorsman, Bob’s ideal vision for retirement included a rugged, mountain home built on a unique piece of property where he would have easy access to his two favorite hobbies; small game hunting and fishing. Keeping this image in mind, he traveled from California to Colorado in search of a quiet place he could build his future home on. Traveling just outside of the busy streets of Denver, Bob fell in love with the quaint and welcoming appeal of Evergreen. It was on a hill, in view of distant mountain peaks and overlooking the town that he found the location where he could see his vision come to life.

Inspired by the Truckee

Once Bob found his lot, he started looking for a design and a premiere log home company that could take his dream of an authentic wood home and make it a reality. After searching through several companies and floor plans, he came across the Truckee, a rustic design concept by PrecisionCraft’s design firm, M.T.N Design. Bob liked how the Truckee’s single level floor plan encouraged socialization with open main living spaces, while still retaining the privacy of the bedroom areas. Its log post and beam structure created the rustic charm he wanted, without overwhelming its cozy cabin appeal. Once he had his concept to gather inspiration from, he set to work with his designer, customizing the design to fit his retirement lifestyle.

Colorado Log Home

Bob's Version of the Truckee Concept

Room for Company

Bob wanted to build this log home to not only facilitate his retirement years, but to accommodate his children’s families as well. By increasing the home’s square footage, he was able to accommodate guest spaces so that his children living in the Denver area would have a place to retreat to on weekends and holidays. Wanting to integrate his love for the outdoors into his design layout, he expanded the back patio and included an outdoor living space, accessible through the kitchen. Bob also worked with his designer to incorporate a basement into his sloped lot. By doing so, he was able to add specialty spaces like a theatre room, second guest suite, and game room.

 

Bob’s dream log home retreat is now under construction and is expected to be completed by the end 2013. Watch for the second part of this exciting series, coming soon!