A complete post and beam house can easily add 30% to the cost of construction, and all though it looks great there are simply some rooms in a house that wouldn't benefit from the effort or the expense. Case in Point we advise clients of all their options and initially many say they don't wish to spare any expense. After all this is what has brought them to building a custom post and beam -Adirondack style home in the first place.
When it comes time to talk about the budget often times something has to give -or- be foregone. Many times we advocate using the exposed post and beams in the public spaces: Living room, Dinning Room, Kitchen places where you spend your awake time...places that your receive guest or have vaulted ceilings
This will be the finished look of the home...Cedar shakes,and Board & Batten siding Stone fireplace and stone entry columns.
When you build the majority of the home with traditional 2 x 6 construction...Wiring, plumbing, window installation, cabinet install, insulation and the use of dimensional lumber (off the rack) is easier and less expensive than the specialty requirement of milling Douglas fir post and beam and then shipping it from it source. The money saved in framing can be applied to the fit and finish, and the choice of furnishings. If you love the look of post and beam the entire house can be done that way...or a hybrid can give you awesome public areas and save money in bedrooms, baths and basements. Thinking about building that custom dream home in The White Mountains of New Hampshire...visit our sites: Loon slope side homes or our builder site or our general real estate site To search all listings click on the MLS button on the bottom of this post.
Many people comment on the Stick banding used above the exposed beam. This is a series of small cuts using birch bark and other saplings then nailed tight along a row, which frames the transition from beam to railing in this case.
Pealed log and branches are often used for interior and exterior columns and creative finish work.
The Application of Birch bark panels and tongue and groove wood finished ceilings are also signs of a well thought out Adirondack style home. The Tradition of Adirondack home building was to use the material that could be found near by, Stone , bark, saplings and trees cut on the property were how building was done. These sites were far away from the big city and builders made due with what they had readily available. Today's Custom built Adirondack style home generally has some of the traditional materials, but also incorporates Central Air Conditioning, Granite counter tops and built in electronics...these owners want all the conveniences but they want it with a rustic look of a traditional great camp (first built in upstate New York around the turn of the century). We love these designs and would be happy to build you your luxury "Camp".