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.
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.
Advantages of Post & Beam Homes
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.
Easy for trades to frame and wire the home.
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.
How much does a post and beam cost?
The finishing costs for post and beam are similar to that of a timber frame log homes. Due to their hybrid design compared to a traditional full scribe log home and modern home, many of the walls will be framed allowing for several options for cabinetry and easy access for electricians, plumbers and trades. There is also less maintenance required for a post and beam log home which will save you money in the future.
You can expect to pay approximately $70-95 CAD a square foot for the shell and up to $405 CAD for finishing costs. Depending on the type of timber you wish to build with or the character of wood your costs may differ.
Working with Artisan Log Homes has been a pleasure. It is hard to choose a builder/ designer however when we met this talented family we knew right away that this family was the right fit for our family build. The features of our Post and Beam log home surpassed any of our expectations. The experience of picking some of our logs was exceptional and with the Artisan families imagination, we couldn’t be happier. The family and crew were always supportive and responsive before, during and after our build.
We highly recommend Artisan Log Homes!
Rob, Dawn, Ryan & Cole Castellan, Lac des Isles , Saskatchewan
Dear Josh and Jordan,
We would like to thank you and the whole Artisan crew for helping to build our dream home. The large diameter Western Red Cedar logs are absolutely stunning and the five finger family tree is a real conversation piece. It is obvious that much care and thought were taken in choosing the many character logs throughout the home.
When Josh, George and Mikey came out to reassemble the log package, we were impressed with the knowledge, workmanship and care that were shown. We had a lot of fun working together that week.
Before we chose a builder we spent many hours researching and visiting log home companies throughout BC and in the end were very happy that we teamed up with Artisan Custom Log Homes for our Post & Beam project. You exceeded our expectations in quality and workmanship. Thanks guys!
Russ and Darlene, Ethel Lake, AB
Artisan has worked on many log home construction projects located at our Children’s ranch. The post and beam Chalet is an amazing fixture at our camp. We highly recommended Artisan to undertake any log or timber project you can dream of. They are a pleasure to work with.
Mel and Wendy Zajac
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