One of the most popular designs, post and beam log homes and cabins use full logs as a structural support providing a natural log surface inside and outside the home. Fewer logs are used compared to a full scribe making these homes a great cost-effective alternative to full scribe log homes. Plus, about 75% of all Artisan log homes are post and beam construction, this style of log home is ideal for the person or family who are currently thinking about building their dream log home but feel overwhelmed with the rustic-ness of traditional full scribe log homes.
A post and beam log home consists of many vertical log posts that carry large horizontal logs on top. The log components are then in-filled with conventionally framed 2×6 walls, cinderblocks or straw bales. This style typically uses larger diameter logs and is the best log system to meet strict energy codes.
Post and beam construction is the most flexible style when it comes to design and construction. Location of your log home will definitely influence the design as well as the logs we would recommend for your new house. If you are located in a very damp environment or one that is known for wood-boring insects, we would recommend western red cedar logs, for example.
Post and beam log homes are very energy efficient. We use closed cell gaskets in numerous log connections during the reassembly to ensure that there is no air infiltration once your house is complete. We also groove all the posts and beams to allow siding to be installed into the groove during finishing. This also helps prevent air from entering your new home.
4 Styles of Post and Beam Log Homes
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 Post and Beam
The 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 give 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.
Hybrid post and beam with timber frame and combos
Often 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.
Full scribe with post and beam
If you like the look and feel of wood this style is perfect. The combination of full scribe 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.
Advantages of a post and beam log home
- A post and beam log home has very flexible design options.
- There are no settling issues with a post and beam home compared to a custom full scribe home.
- Much more cost-effective than a full-scribed home.
- Easy for trades to frame and wire the home.
- Flexibility on building products.
- Less maintenance compared to a full scribe home.
- Building a post and beam log home can take anywhere from 1-4 months depending on the design.
- Reassembly of a post and beam log home can take 1-4 days.
- Traditionally post and beam log homes will cost less per square foot to build than a full scribe log home.
- Energy efficient.
To maintain the natural charm and overall strength of your new post and beam log home, Artisan log homes still utilize large diameter winter cut Western Red Cedar, Spruce or Douglas Fir logs.
Disadvantages of a post and beam log home
- There are no disadvantages to choosing a post and beam log home over full scribe or timber frame. It comes down to personal style and preference.