13 Nov

Balancing Beams

Post and beam construction has been used for thousands of years in all areas of the world, and now it’s having a moment in the spotlight with current building and design trends. Structural beams can provide added support to load-bearing walls, while helping to maintain an open floor plan. While many homeowners opt to have these structural supports recessed into the ceiling, an alternate option is to simply highlight it. Using reclaimed or new wood, many variations of beams can add great design features to a room.

Historic Newburyport post and beam home renovation. Beams were white washed, and shiplap inlay was added to entire first floor. Full kitchen remodel. Click photo to see full renovation details.

BLB Custom Building Owner + General Contractor, Ben Becker, pictured with his family in their barn (under construction). Douglas fir beams run across the cathedral ceilings.

Rough sawn hemlock beams bring high style to the second floor of this Plum Island beach cottage. Unique lighting fixtures and railing complement the home’s design.

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