Many Post and Beam homes employ some of the same elements of Timber
frame construction, either as the main structural system or as accents in
the form of trusses or beams and braces. Post and beam construction
often resembles timber framing, with the important distinction that post
and beam construction often utilizes mechanical fasteners and steel plate
connectors to join adjacent members together. These connectors are
either hidden or exposed in various ways.
Wood post and beam frames are rarely used as the only structural system
for a building for the reason that they require additional structural elements
like shear panels and infill framing to create a stable structure. There tends
to be some confusion between timber frame and post & beam construction,
even within the industry. Like timber framing, post and beam construction
requires skilled craftsmen to create well crafted joints.
Cost and the desire for authenticity are important factors in deciding which
system to use. Post and beam construction shares with timber framing an
appreciation for the beauty of wood, but tends to lack the purity of
tradition. At Fox Design Studio, we celebrate heavy timber elements in our
designs and appreciate the clean, modern architecture a Post and Beam
structure has to offer.