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What Are Some Advantages of Post and Beam Homes?


by FindPreFab.com | 09/19/2007

Post and beam homes feature beautiful timber posts as a structural support for the roof rafters and upper floors. While the timber posts are an integral element of the post and beam home's structural underpinning, they also offer unparalleled beauty in the final design. The natural beauty of wood lends a warmth and elegance to a post and beam home that cannot be duplicated with man-made materials.

How is a post and beam house usually built? Generally a timber frame skeletal structure is built first and then the frame is enclosed with wood-framed and pre-insulated wall panels. One advantage to this method is that it is easy for the homeowner to find and purchase post and beam house plans online or from other sources. The homeowner can then follow the post and beam house plan exactly, or make modifications to better suit their own desires.

As a starting point for designing your own post and beam home plan, consider the following:

  • Post and beam homes usually cost about $180 to $250 per square foot, or more.
  • An average-size 2,000 square foot post and beam home generally costs between $350,000 to $500,000.
  • Your own post and beam home plan may ultimately cost more or less depending on the requirements of the site and your own personal preferences.

Bear in mind that these prices are based on using a company that offers pre-fabricated homes. This option offers ease and convenience along with the best in design. These companies feature standard post and beam house plans that can also be upgraded and customized to suit your needs. After you have decided on your design, all the necessary components of the post and beam homes are assembled by the company and shipped to your site. After the materials package has arrived at your location, it will take from 60 to 90 days for your gorgeous new post and beam home to be completed.

With the pre-fabricated option available, you can see why post and beam homes are gaining in popularity. It is so easy to do the design research from the comfort of your current home. Once you've made your selections, all you have to do is wait for the package containing your new post and beam home to be delivered to your land!

However, if you would prefer not to use a pre-fabricated design, there are other options available. You can browse the internet as a starting point, to familiarize yourself with the design of contemporary post and beam homes. You may be more comfortable buying plans and locating your own builder. Or perhaps you would prefer to simply jot down some ideas and find your own architect. These are both good options. One advantage to hiring a company specializing in pre-fabricated post and beam designs is that these firms know the technique inside and out. Many of them have been in business building specialty houses for years, and have thousands of completed homes to their credit. A local architect or builder may not understand the construction of post and beam houses as well as an expert.

However, the choice is yours-and the wonderful thing about building post and beam homes today is that so many choices are available. You will be amazed at the wide and beautiful variety of these houses. For the homeowner who has always yearned for a post and beam style home, there is no better time to get going on constructing one.


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