Friday, June 18, 2010

Wood question of the week

What type of home construction is pictured here?

Answer: Post and Beam

Timber frame and Post and Beam construction articulate the skeleton of a building by exposing the timber components of the building frame. Though very similar in style, timber frame and post and beam construction differ in joinery. In true timber frames all joints are made using wood pegs or wedges (mortise and tenon joints). In Post and beam construction mechanical fasteners and steel plate connectors are often used to join adjacent members together. These connectors may be hidden or exposed in various ways.