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Timber Frame VS. Post and Beam

Timber Frame Accents

Are you looking to build a beautiful barn? Do you want a rare and majestic look that is sturdy and aesthetically pleasing? Then a Timber Frame structure might be just the thing for you! We offer Timber Frame construction and accents on anything from our sheds to our barns.

You may have heard the term Post & Beam thrown around as well as Timber Frame. What you may not know is that those two are actually different framing styles!

So – what is the difference between Timber Frame VS. Post and Beam?

Post & Beam

Post & Beam structures are built with vertical wooden beam posts and horizontal beams that are secured with metal plates & screws.

Timber Frame a.k.a. Mortise & Tenon Joinery

The method of timber framing also uses large wooden posts & beams; however – how they are connected is the critical difference.

Timber Frame VS. Post and Beam

Timber Frame VS. Post and Beam

A true timber frame structure uses special, carved-out wood-to-wood connections called joinery to connect timbers together. When it comes to timber frame construction, mortise and tenon joinery brings everything together—both aesthetically and structurally. In timber-frame constructions, when connections are authentic and traditional in nature, oak pegs are used to secure the connections. There are no metal plates & screws involved like there is in Post and Beam construction. Often the frame is left exposed, adding a natural beauty to the look of the house; in some cases, the frame is hidden behind walls.

Often now-a-days the two terms are used interchangeably – even we at the Carriage Shed are guilty of that! But here at our company we offer true Timber Frame structures using mortise and tenon connections. We also offer the look of Timber Frame without the cost of constructing the whole structure as timber frame by offering accents.

Why Choose Timber Frame?

Timeless Strength

  • This construction has been around for a long time. The technique was born out of necessity due to a lack of the many types of metal fasteners that are used in construction today.
  • Timber frame construction uses interlocking joints to achieve superior strength and structural stability. The joints must be milled with precision to achieve a tight fit.

Beautiful Aesthetic

  • The exposed beams and lack of metal brackets creates a stunning rustic and elegant look at the same time. It shows true craftsmanship.

Environmentally Attractive

  • Recyclable materials combined with sustainable construction provides peace of mind that you are doing your part. 

Work with us to find out the perfect Timber Frame structure for you! Contact us here!

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