What is the Difference Between Post-and-Beam and Timber Frame Homes?
Post & Beam Homes vs. Timber Frame Homes Explained
Due to their similar design and aesthetic, homebuyers often see no difference between post-and-beam and timber frame homes. The differences may be few, but they’re profound — let’s take a look below and see which building system is right for your new home.
Comparing and Contrasting Timber Frame and Post-and-Beam Construction
While timber frame and post-and-beam homes look similar due to their exposed-timber design, they’re actually quite different.
In timber framing, the weight is transferred through the vertical members of the bents — the triangular, truss-like series of timbers that support upper floors and the roof. In post-and-beam construction, the weight is borne by horizontal timbers that rest on vertical posts.
As mentioned previously, the other main difference is how the frameworks are fastened together. Unlike post-and-beam homes, timber frame homes like those designed and built by Atlantic Timberframes are connected and secured with mortise and tenon joinery and oak pegs, instead of metal bolts and brackets. These elements are what really separate timber frame construction from post-and-beam, providing a highly sought-after handcrafted aesthetic that also gives the system its world-renowned durability and longevity.
For examples of this old-world style craftsmanship, take a look at our Timber Frame Houses Gallery.
Like most things in life, you often only get what you pay for. The unparalleled quality and craftsmanship required to build a timber frame home that will last your family generations longer than other building systems understandably comes with a higher price tag. However, much of this cost is offset by the fact that timber frame homes don’t require modern building techniques to achieve lateral stability — not to mention the savings you’ll earn from lower maintenance and repair costs over time.
The Atlantic Timberframes Difference
We cut all our timbers by hand, using hand tools, chisels, saws and drills. Unlike other companies that use computerized cutting machines, every square inch of our timber reflects old-world craftsmanship that gives your home an undeniably authentic atmosphere and aesthetic.
With every customer and every home, we pride ourselves on bringing a little old-world heritage and family-oriented customer care back into the modern-day, helping homebuyers throughout the Pennsylvania region achieve the timber frame home of their dreams.