Post & Beam vs Stick Frame

Post and Beam vs Stick Frame

Like the look of post and beam, but not sure how it compares to a conventional (stick frame) building?

Here we discuss four of the key structural differences.

1) Bent/Truss Spacing

Post and Beam:
Twelve feet between bents

Stick Frame:
Two feet between trusses

Legacy Post and Beam buildings get their strength from ‘bents’ that are built from 6 inch thick fully dimensional Douglas fir timbers.

Stick frame buildings are supported by wood trusses built from 2 inch thick dimensional lumber. These are durable pieces of wood – but a large number are needed to provide the strength to support a structure.

When you compare that to the post and beam bents, the load bearing capabilities of the 6 inch thick wood is significantly higher, which ultimately allows for larger spaces between the supporting sections.

2) Interior Walls

Post and Beam:
Not needed for strength. Customers add interior walls to meet floorplan preferences.

Stick Frame:
Supporting walls are required and can dictate/limit floorplan options.

3) Visual

Post and Beam:
Since fully dimensional timbers are used, the natural beauty can be left exposed according to owners tastes.

Stick Frame:
Structural components are not appealing and must be covered up completely with drywall or other materials.

4) Second Story/Loft

*Blue Outline = Usable Space

Post and Beam:
As you can see in the picture below, the second story of a post and beam building has a significant amount of usable space. By simply adding floor joists and flooring materials this space can be finished from corner to corner as desired by the customer.

Stick Frame:
To use the second floor in a conventional building, attic trusses are needed that close off the sides and allow only the center square to be utilized.

To learn more about the differences between post and beam and stick frame buildings, post and beam construction in general, or to get started on a Legacy Post & Beam kit, contact us at 605-665-8310 or info@legacypostandbeam.com.

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Interior venue great hall with vaulted ceilings and chandeliers

The Douglas Fir Difference

The Douglas Fir Difference

Interior venue great hall with vaulted ceilings and chandeliers

It’s no secret, the beauty of post and beam buildings is in large part the wood used to construct them. As you are researching kit providers, you may notice that different wood species are used by different companies.

Today we want to give you some insight into the top reasons we choose kiln-dried Douglas fir for our bent work. This seemingly simple commitment to the highest quality materials signifies our dedication to excellence every step of the way.

1) Drier is Better

According to the USDA Wood Handbook:

“Dried lumber has many advantages over green lumber for producers and consumers. Removal of excess water reduces weight, thus shipping and handling costs.

As wood dries, most of its strength properties increase, as well as its electrical and thermal insulating properties.

Properly dried lumber can be cut to precise dimensions and machined more easily and efficiently; wood parts can be more securely fitted and fastened together; warping, splitting, checking, and other harmful effects of uncontrolled drying are largely eliminated; and paint, varnish, and other finishes are more effectively applied and maintained.”

2) Time Tested and Approved

Our wood is not only kiln-dried, it is also the premier choice for construction.

“Douglas fir (DF) is often the standard against which all other framing species are measured.

Its strength combined with a superior strength-to-weight ratio, high specific gravity, excellent dimensional stability, the moderate decay resistance of its heartwood, and documented excellent performance record against strong forces resulting from winds, storms, and earthquakes, have given Douglas Fir its reputation.”
– Western Wood Products Association

3) Natural Beauty

Aesthetically, Douglas fir is a solid choice.

“The straight, fine-grained wood, tight knots and the light yellow to reddish brown color of fir are other qualities that makes this lumber a favorite with builders, carpenters and woodworkers. The logs can be cut to reveal the distinctive grain pattern, which works well in interiors for woodwork, cabinetry, and floors. It is often left unstained and simply varnished to reveal its natural color and grain.”
– SF Gate Home Guide

To learn more about Douglas fir, post and beam construction, or to get started on a Legacy Post & Beam Kit, contact us at 605-665-8310 or info@legacypostandbeam.com

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Lake home living at it’s finest! Our top 5 favorites about this project:

Lake home living at it’s finest! Our top 5 favorites about this project…

We’re excited to give you an inside look into this picturesque 1.5 story post and beam gable lake home. With so many things to love about this project, we compiled a quick list of our favorites below.

1. The spacious porch accented with hammer trusses for that true ‘wow’ factor

Post and beam porch with hammer trusses overlooking lake

2. The large doors and windows on the lake facing side allowing for great views and natural lighting

3. The mix of dry wall and exposed timbers that give this project a modern flair that resonates with a wide range of styles

4. The large great room/dining area making it perfect for entertaining and lounging

5. The partial loft which allows usable space that overlooks the main floor.

To learn more about this specific project or to get started on your one-of-a-kind post and beam barn, home, cabin, or venue, contact your Legacy Post & Beam representative at (605) 665-8310.

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3 Reasons We Love Steel Plate Joinery!

3 Reasons We Love Steel Plate Joinery!

The art of post and beam has been around for hundreds of years. Like all forms of construction, advancements have been made throughout that time that benefit current day customers.

One of those advancements is the use of steel plate joinery. As the name leads to, ‘joinery’ is the structural element that connects (or joins) two pieces of wood. Traditional timber frame buildings used mortise and tenon joinery, which is undoubtedly breathtaking, but also adds significant complexity in the building process.

Below are a few of the top reasons steel plate joinery comes standard in all Legacy kits.

1. The bold look of the steel plates against solid Douglas fir timbers create a rustic look with an industrial flair

Rustic venue with hammer truss beams

2. The enhanced structural support the steel plates provide increases the distance the post and beam trusses can span.

Interior barn roof with exposed posts and beams

3. The use of steel plates, instead of the more time consuming and traditional mortise and tenon joinery, makes it significantly more affordable for the average customer.

Post and beam home hallway with black powder coated steel plate joinery

To learn more about steel plate joinery, post and beam construction, or to get started on a Legacy Post & Beam Kit, contact us at 605-665-8310 or info@legacypostandbeam.com

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Why Post and Beam is the Ideal Fit for Event Venues

Why Post and Beam is the Ideal Fit for Event Venues

Billions of dollars are spent on weddings in the US each year and it comes as no surprise that year after year, the venue is the largest investment for couples celebrating their big day.

For those considering entering or expanding their presence in this lucrative industry, we have compiled a few of the most common reasons customers choose a Legacy Post & Beam kit for their event venue.

1. Accommodates all styles of weddings

From elegant chandeliers, to comfy couches and cow decor, the rustic look can be dressed up or down to resonate with all ends of the formality spectrum.

2. Open Floor Plans

In post and beam construction all of the weight is placed on the posts & beams (hence the name), which removes the need for supporting walls. This opens spaces up significantly, allowing for efficiently designed structures that maximize capacity limits and minimize owner investment.

Rustic open concept wedding venue interior with lofts and chandeliers

3. Structural components create significant aesthetic appeal

Many forms of construction require assembling supporting materials and then covering them up with drywall. With post and beam, the exposed timbers are not only a source of strength but also create a unique and defining look.

This is especially true when it comes to vaulted ceilings. Trusses on stick frame buildings are needed purely for strength and are not visually appealing, which means they need to be covered. In post and beam, the trusses are a part of the signature look and allow for beautiful vaulted ceilings like shown below.

Wedding venue interior living room loft with vaulted ceilings
Venue great hall with vaulted ceiling and chandeliers

4. Minimal on-site construction time

Time is of the essence for those opening a venue and another reason a pre-built post and beam kit is an appealing choice.

Each bent in our kits is pre-cut and pre-drilled in our manufacturing facility, then is labeled and packaged for efficient assembly by the on-site builder. In the matter of just a few weeks, the frame and purlins can be constructed.

5. Authentic strength to last for generations

The inherent strength of the wood material give a solid framework for the venue to be built upon. However, wood quality varies significantly by species and because the post and beam framework is the key structural and visual component, it is important to ensure the kit provider you choose is using the highest quality wood.

This is key to reducing the amount of twisting, shrinkage, and visual blemishes.

We are proud to use Douglas fir for all structural components. As noted by the Western Wood Products Association:

“Douglas Fir (DF) is often the standard against which all other framing species are measured. Its strength combined with a superior strength-to-weight ratio, high specific gravity (for excellent nail and metal truss plate-holding capability), excellent dimensional stability (giving “green” DF products the ability to season well in service), the moderate decay resistance of its heartwood, and documented excellent performance record against strong forces resulting from winds, storms and earthquakes, have given Douglas Fir its reputation. It is also tight knotted and close grained, adding the bonus of beauty to its structural capabilities. Color, grain pattern, knot size and type are addressed in the rules for appearance grades.” – Western Wood Productions Association

Venue with covered walkout back patio and fire pit

For more information or to get started on your post & beam event venue visit www.legacypostandbeam.com or give us a call at 605-665-8310.

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Four reasons to add a pavilion to your property

Four reasons to add a pavilion to your property

Summer is almost in full swing and the Legacy team is here to help you get the most out of your outdoor hours.

Take a look at FOUR of the most popular reasons customers add a Legacy Post & Beam pavilion to their property.

1. Added shade and protection from the elements.

The ultimate entertainment oasis, or a relaxing retreat for family meals, a pavilion adds shade and shelter so you can focusing on enjoy your time outside.

2. Enhanced character and definition for your backyard space.

Pavilions are a simple and stylish way to add visual appeal and enhanced function to your outdoor area. Pavilions can be placed anywhere in your yard, and often become the epicenter of the outdoor space.

3. Increased property value.

Outdoor living spaces combined with well-kept landscaping has been shown to bring as much as 5% to 15% higher resale value. That means you can invest in and enjoy a pavilion today, and when you’re ready for the next phase your efforts will not go to waste.

4. Built to Last.

Legacy kits are made from high quality Douglas fir timbers, giving you confidence your pavilion can withstand the elements and remain an outdoor retreat for decades to come.

For more information or to get started on your post & beam project visit www.legacypostandbeam.com or give us a call at 605-665-8310.

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Eco-Friendly Post & Beam Building At It’s Finest

Featured Project: A1 Al’s Pheasant Ranch.

Take a peek inside this breathtaking hybrid post and beam lodge and learn about the environmentally sound building techniques that make it one of the most sustainable of its kind.

1. Between the walls of this lodge lie Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS), which offer 50-75% higher R-values than traditional fiberglass insulation.

Lodge covered entryway with metal roof and stone

2. Temperature is maintained throughout the building using primarily Geo-thermal heating and cooling.

3. Natural lightening is used where possible and all of the artificial lights are LED bulbs, which use 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

4. The beautiful exposed timbers are sourced from mills that follow responsible timber harvesting practices

5. Re-purposed materials were used to create stunning interior finishes.

6. A steel roof was chosen because it lasts longer, is made of recycled materials, and is 100% recyclable if it ever replaced.

7. An energy efficient floor heating system is used in conjunction with the Geo-thermal system, relating in a facility with an overall smaller carbon footprint than other venues of this size.

For more information or to get started on your post & beam project visit www.legacypostandbeam.com or give us a call at 605-665-8310.

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