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Archive | Building & Design

This category includes a broad range of blog posts all pertaining to post and beam building or the post and beam design process. Architectural inspirations, design ideas, tips for building new post and beam homes and additions and more!


Post & Beam Home Design…Lesson #7

Lesson # 7: If Structure Matters, Aesthetics Are Paramount. This is where I’m probably going to insult some people and those who know me will never believe it, but tossing insults and sarcasm around is truly not my objective; at least not here. That being said, I have strong opinions on aesthetics in general and […]

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Lesson #6 Structure Matters

Lesson # 6: Structure Matters. The beauty of post and beam design is the number of options you have. The structure may be designed using either interior bearing walls when privacy is desired or a simple bearing post where openness is what you want. Instead of an entire wall, a post will suffice. This is […]

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Post & Beam Home Design…Lesson #5

Lesson # 5: Make It a Collaborative Effort: aka The Poker Game. As the women, I once believed I had exclusivity over all things aesthetic of our new post and beam home. My husband could have his indoor garage faucets, car attachments for the central vacuum and even a recycling shed. No problem. But that […]

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Post & Beam Home Design…Lesson #4

Lesson # 4: Be Ready To Compromise. No matter how prepared you are, how many budgets you’ve formulated, or how many times you’ve reviewed the numbers, changes will occur that you never saw coming. Some may even turn out to provide you with a better structure than you’d have thought possible, but all will most […]

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Do I Really Need Four Bedrooms?

  It seems that everyday, all day, we are hearing about this tough economic climate and how we should conserve.  Last night, I ran across my dog-tattered copy of a remarkable design book, The Not So Big House by Sarah Susanka, which discusses simplifying and reducing the size of your new house (  If you […]

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