4 Styles of Post and Beam Log Homes

There are many different styles and variations of log homes. Each builder has their own unique style and technique. The most popular home that Artisan Log Homes builds is post and beam.

If you enjoy the look and feel of natural wood yet want flexibility in your design, post and beam is likely the style of choice. There are essentially four main styles of post and beam:

  • single round;
  • 2 rounds of scribed log work;
  • hybrid post and beam with timber frame and combos;
  • and full scribe with post and beam.

So let’s take a quick look at how each of these four styles differs.

Single Round Post and Beam

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 8.50.47 AMThe traditional post and beam style uses a single round post with a mortise-and-tenon style joinery. This traditional and simple style of joinery requires no pre-assembly, has no energy code issues, and is the least expensive of the post and beam options. You can easily incorporate conventional framing which has no settling impacts compared to full scribe structures.

2 Rounds of Scribed Log Work

The most expensive of the post and beam styles, 2 rounds of scribed log work can Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 8.54.09 AMgive your home a unique character. This style has 2 log beams stacked on top of one another giving it a grand feel. There is some pre-assembly required to ensure proper assembly on site.

Post and Beam and Timber Frame

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 8.55.11 AMOften referred to as a hybrid, a post and beam timber frame home is a cost-effective way for you to get the look and feel of a log home with the functionality of modern design and style. This is one of our most popular styles as the flexibility is endless. The combination of round and square timbers gives the home a unique feel and personality.

Post and Beam with Full Scribe

If you like the look and feel of wood this style is perfect. The combination of full Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 8.56.06 AMscribe with post and beam gives you that log cabin feel but the grandness of a post and beam. Adding large timbers and flared butts can help give your home a unique character. One item of caution that you want to consider with this style is how the home will settle. Make sure that the builder has left room for the house to shift and settle so that you don’t end up with air gaps and drafts in the future.

The combination and flexibility of post and beam design is endless, and we encourage you to view our gallery and plans section of the website to get additional ideas and inspiration for your design.

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