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Log Beam Framing

This page features an 80 year old farm house with small rooms, striped of its inner construction and replaced with new log beam framing. You can follow each discussion as we build: from lifting and installing the floor system (main and support beams) to installing the tongue and groove flooring. The text to the right of each picture describes different phases and steps of construction.
This discussion begins after the removal and disposal of the old home construction. This includes removal of all non-load bearing walls, all remaining wall surfaces (plaster and slats) and insulation. Although this work is not a separate component on this page, it is an important stage of the entire project.
Stockade style log The picture to the left shows the placement of the first main beams and supporting beams. You will notice our team has started the skeleton of the second story floor by beginning next to the far outside wall. The second section of the main beam is being hoisted into place.
Stockade style log All beams are handcrafted by our skilled craftsmen. The picture to the left shows the custom work that goes into each main beam. This beam is notched four times on each side to accept supporting floor beams which will be installed perpendicular to the main beam. The ends of the main beams are notched to join each main beam end to end.
Stockade style log You can clearly see how the notch in the ends of the floor beams in this picture fit in to the recessed notch of the main floor beam in the above picture.
Stockade style log Old world craftsmanship becomes evident in our work when fasteners such as dowels are used. Once all the floor beans are in place they are pinned with dowels. This keeps the floor beans locked into place without having to use unsightly metal fasteners.
Stockade style log The picture to the left shows the floor system ready to be boarded in with tongue and groove flooring. Additional structural beams are added to provide strength to support an opening in the floor for a set of stairs.
Stockade style log Just a few minor details such as installing electrical fixtures and stain and that is the completed project. Future maintenance is minimal.

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