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Post and Beam Adirondack style homes White mountains of New Hampshire

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".






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Comment balloon 15 commentsSteve Loynd • October 23 2010 01:39PM


Nice "long-tail" title and post.  I love specific posts that really get in to the details of the topic.  Beautiful photos too.  Makes me want to move to your neck of the woods in New Hampshire.

Posted by Dave Gubler, Realtor | Orange County (Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch) over 9 years ago

These Great rustic interiors are what people a mountain home

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 9 years ago

Steve- what a lovely home!  Brought back a lot of memories of my childhood in New England and our road trips!

Posted by Carol Lee, Realtor - Agoura, Oak Park, Westlake CA Homes (Dilbeck Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Wow Steve, what a home! I have seen some beauties here but the interior photo is amazing.  I love vaulted ceilings and wood.



Posted by Debbie Aldrich, Salt Lake City Realtor - Salt Lake County, Cottonwood Heights (The Watts Group Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

We have a lot of these style of homes in our area and they are always spectacular, love it.

Posted by Kim Sellers, Lake Arrowhead Realtor - BRE#01412099 - Lake Arrow (Lake Arrowhead, CA Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

Debbie &  Kim...I love this look, it's so classic yet a bit rustic - casual

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 9 years ago


I suggested this post.. this is a great example of going into detail in posts for clients and giving them solid info that they can print off and use.

We have many folks that like to build this kind of cabin around Broken Bow or Raymond Gary Lake. 

This is a home that makes you feel free and relaxed the minute that you walk into it.

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 9 years ago

Steve these are gorgeous houses.

And by the way since Judi is suggesting this post for a feature, I think I will go back up to the top and click that little button also.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 9 years ago

Judi...Thank you, I have learned a lot about Adirondack style designs and I'm a bit infatuated with these beautiful homes. they are comfortable , substantial...casual yet rugged. I like that they are not fussy or delicate...these homes are owned by recreational folks.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 9 years ago

George...If you ever make it up my way I would love to show you a few of the homes we build and sell.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 9 years ago

Steve, there is a lot of planning that goes into this type of construction.   The cost is well worth it.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 9 years ago

Bill, I would like to think home owners are willing to pay for quality, when it comes to that custom dream home.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 9 years ago

OK Steve, you are my "go to" guy in the White do a great job on your blog and demonstrate that you really know you stuff...Good job...

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) over 9 years ago

Rene Thank you, I try my very best to deliver quality service, and that requires knowing your stuff!

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 9 years ago

Looking for price quotes on building a 3 bedroom, 2bath,approx., 2,500 sq. Ft. Genuine,red cedar cathedral ceiling home in New Hampshire?? Please include price quote. Thank you.

Posted by Al A. SHIGO 5 months ago