Builder/Contractor Open House

Builder/Contractor Open House | Wednesday, Oct 24th 

Want to learn more about what we do/how we can work together? Stop in and see us on Wednesday, October 24th!

 

Event Details:

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

2:00pm – 7:00pm

3220 E Morningside Road

Fremont, NE 68025

Note: If this time/date does not work for you, feel free to come by another time! We are open 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday – Friday and on evenings/weekends by appointment. Give us a call and set up a time to come see us!

Learn how we build the kits in our workshop and what it looks like to put them back together onsite.

Discover the specialty lumber items we offer at wholesale prices. Our most popular items include Tongue and Groove/Shiplap/Carsiding, Douglas Fir Beams, and 1x and 2x Rough Cut Pine.

Find out how we can help incorporate timber components, such as pre-built trusses into your projects.

To learn more about how post and beam compares to other types of construction or to get started on a Legacy Post & Beam kit, contact us at 402-317-5747 or info@legacypostandbeam.com.

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Grand Opening/Open House – Sept 24!

Join us on Monday, Sept 24th | 9:00am-2:00pm

We invite you to join us on Monday, September 24th as we celebrate the grand opening of our new facility in Fremont, NE! The event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house featuring special guest, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.
Event Details:
Monday, September 24th, 2018
9:00am – 2:00pm
3220 E Morningside Road
Fremont, NE 68025
Also note that WE LOVE VISITORS! If this time/date does not work for you, feel free to come by another time. We are open 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday – Friday and on evenings/weekends by appointment. Give us a call and set up a time to come see us!

To learn more about how post and beam compares to other types of construction or to get started on a Legacy Post & Beam kit, contact us at 402-317-5747 or info@legacypostandbeam.com.

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Post & Beam Vs Other Types of Construction

As a post and beam company, we know firsthand that not everyone knows exactly what post and beam is and/or how it compares to other types of construction. And that’s ok! That’s what we’re here for. Today, we will give a brief overview of the different types of construction post and beam is most often compared to, which should also provide clarity on the construction form itself.  Though we are biased to post and beam, each type of construction is great in its own way and has its own place in the market. As always, we encourage you to reach out with specific questions or for more information on any of the items mentioned below.

Stick Frame/Conventional Buildings

This is the most standard form of construction today. Buildings are constructed from 2×4 or 2×6 dimensional lumber, which is an extremely easy material to access and a main reason this construction method is so common. Stick frame buildings have a long lifespan, are durable, versatile, and affordable. They differ from post and beam in that they are often reliant on interior supporting walls for strength, which can dictate floor plans. Additionally, the building materials are not visually appealing and need to be covered up with drywall. This limits the usable space on the second level and makes workarounds necessary for vaulted ceilings. From a price perspective, post and beam costs a little more than a stick frame structure, but not as much as most people think. If you are trying to make stick frame look like post and beam, it costs less to just go with post and beam from the beginning.

Pole Barn/Post Frame

Because the term post frame is similar to post and beam, people often get us confused. In reality though, post and beam is completely different than post frame and we fulfill much different needs in the market place. A pole barn or post frame building is a structure that uses large poles/posts buried in the ground for its support. A foundation is not required, which makes these a very low cost and attractive option for those needing a purely functional barn or storage space where longevity is not a high priority. The downside to these structures is that they carry very little aesthetic appeal and have short lifespans, often less than 50 years. This makes it hard to recoup the investment, especially if you’re looking at doing a home, cabin, or commercial facility. Additionally, to pass most city/county codes, the living and/or customer space is often only feasible on the second level.

Log Buildings

This form of construction has been around even longer than post and beam and results in beautiful wood structures. Customers considering log buildings are often drawn to post and beam because they both feature fully dimensional, exposed wood components. There are many differences between the two though. First, the price point on a log home is often much higher than post and beam. Second, log homes require more reoccurring maintenance (due in large part to the settling of the logs). Third, the support systems are much different which has a few key effects on the building we’ll briefly discuss.

Log homes get their strength from an interlocking horizontal framework where the logs are notched in the corners to join together. This framework forms the walls and in many cases, stick frame trusses are put on top of the log walls. This results in the same limitations mentioned with stick frame buildings of less usable space on the second floor, and the lack of a ‘true’ vaulted ceiling. Additionally, because of the log walls, a log home is through and through a wood home, meaning you can’t pick and choose which walls you want drywall on unless you duplicate a wall.

Mortise and Tenon Timber Frame

Mortise and Tenon and post and beam are both forms of timber frame construction. Both utilize fully dimensional timbers formed into bents as the support system of the building. This allows for open floor plans, truly vaulted ceilings, and beautiful exposed wood to be a part of the showcase of the facility.

The biggest difference is how the timber materials are connected. Mortise and Tenon uses wood and peg joinery, which involves a hole and a tongue that fit together securely. This is the most traditional form of timber framing and is undoubtedly beautiful. However, it is expensive because of the extra work of creating these intricate joints.  Both the kit cost and the on-site construction cost are increased.

Post and beam uses the same concept, but uses a steel plate with bolt connection in place of the wood and peg. This simplifies the joinery, which drives down the costs of both the kit and on-site construction. Additionally, the bold look of the steel plates against solid Douglas fir timbers creates a rustic look with an industrial flair that draws many customers to it.

Post and beam joins many of the benefits of each of these construction types together. It accommodates both rustic and contemporary design styles, as does stick frame construction. It comes at a price point between a post frame building and a timber frame or log building, making it one of the most affordable ways to attain an attractive, longstanding structure. Finally, it utilizes fully dimensional timber bents, which allows for a wood structure with truly vaulted ceilings and open floors.

To learn more about how post and beam compares to other types of construction or to get started on a Legacy Post & Beam kit, contact us at 402-317-5747 or info@legacypostandbeam.com.

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Why we’re NOT a discount/promotion running post and beam company

Have you ever made a purchase you were excited about, then a week later saw it advertised at a better price and it took some of the joy away? Or even worse, purchased something to capitalize on a deal, but then realize it wasn’t exactly what you were looking for?

Well we have been there, and that’s why from the time our company was founded, we decided that a post and beam kit was too big and important of a purchase to try to lure customers in before they were ready or make them wonder if they were ‘really’ getting the best price.

At Legacy, we are committed to an upfront and straightforward pricing model. When you get a price from us you can rest assured:

1) It’s THE price we are offering. 

You won’t have to wonder if the next customer who calls in is being told something different, nor is waiting 24 more hours going to drastically change things. We don’t mark our kits up, just to mark them down, we offer an upfront price from the beginning.

2) It’s honest. 

We aren’t leaving out key components only to tack them on later, after you’ve gone just far enough into the process to not be able to back out.

3) It represents value. 

All of our kits use the ‘gold standard’ wood choice for post and beam, Douglas Fir, and they include more base components then many other kit providers. Even with that, we are extremely cost competitive when compared to other kit providers that use lower quality materials and/or have upgrade charges to meet our base model.

4) It’s straightforward. 

The cost to add something to a kit is the same cost to remove it. This may seem like a given, but we’ve found that isn’t always true.

Our goal is to be an education-based post and beam kit provider that offers a high quality product at a fair price. This format ultimately allows each customer to make the decision that’s best for them and at the time that’s right for them. So, while our leadership team is the first to cash in a ½ price ice cream cone coupon, or 25% off t-shirt deal, we just didn’t feel a dream barn, home, cabin, venue or other post and beam kit purchase deserved this same type of treatment.

We don’t want to be misleading and say our prices never change. They do change periodically (typically annually), but this is an all-inclusive measure that includes some component prices increasing and other decreasing. It’s NOT a sales gimmick and it’s something we give plenty of notice about.

To learn more about our pricing model, or get a quote for your post and beam project, reach out to us at 402-317-5747, info@legacypostandbeam.com, or stop by and visit us in Fremont, NE!  

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Legacy Post and Beam now located in Fremont, NE!

If you’ve been in contact us with over the last few months, you’ve likely heard about your our relocation to Fremont, NE. We are excited to now share a look at our new custom-designed office and production facility with you! We officially moved in May and are now up and running at increased capacity in our new home.

Post and beam company in Nebraska Now Open

A few of our favorite things about our new location:

1) Our entire full-time staff made the move with us! We were beyond fortunate to bring our team with us as we truly believe it is the employees that set Legacy apart in quality and customer service. 

2) Our free shipping radius (500 miles) includes our previous location and now also reaches into Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and more!

Map of US showing Legacy Post & Beam in Nebraska free shipping radius

3) The increased production space in our facility allows us to build multiple projects at a time. This makes us an even more lean-mean-post-and-beam-kit-producing-machine. 

4) The extended lean-to’s on the side of the shop allow for more covered wood storage which helps us hold a higher inventory level, keeping our turn around time low and also better caters to walk in material sales.

Post and beam company in Nebraska building exterior

5) The post and beam show room on the front, which allows customers to see the beauty of our timber kits firsthand. This is phase one of the office space so stay tuned for more to come!

post and beam office entrance
Post and beam company in Nebraska office interior

If you’re in the area or up for a road trip, we encourage you to stop by and visit us!  Our new address is: 3220 Morningside Road, Fremont, NE 68025. To learn more about Legacy Post & Beam, or to get started on a Post & Beam kit, contact us at 402-317-5747 or info@legacypostandbeam.com.
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See local news stories about our move in the: Fremont TribuneOmaha World Herald, and Lincoln Journal Star

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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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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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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!

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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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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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