Post and beam frame type may not be one of those “sexy” subjects filled with glamorous house photos, but it is an extremely important subject when considering building a timber frame home.
There are two major types of the post and beam frame built at Yankee Barn Homes; the “A” Frame and the King Post Truss. The A Frame forms the shape of an A (has supporting posts) and is used for moderate to large loft spaces. The King Post Truss is employed when a vast open loft space (without posts) is required. You’ll notice a middle post in the top of the “A” portion of the truss.
One should not interpret this to mean the A Frame is not used for larger homes with expansive loft spaces. At Yankee Barn Homes we tend to use the A Frame more often than the King Post Truss for a number of design reasons, primarily due to client preference and structural requirements. However, both are being built at YBH on a regular basis.
If you look at the history of post and beam frames, you’ll notice most of the varied frame styles originate from either the A or King Post structure. In other words, just because there are only two major categories of frame type one should not think this limits design possibilities. All you need do is look at the Yankee Barn Homes Home Styles page or follow us on Facebook to view the nearly endless design potential!