Advantages of Sand Creek Post & Beam

Sand Creek Post & Beam’s focus is on historic authenticity, quality, preserving the environment and customer satisfaction. Each barn is the embodiment of America’s rich history and tradition using the same barn styles our forefathers erected. Our material selection includes rough-cut full dimension wood timbers and construction techniques handed down by generations of timber framers.

Custom Sizes & Styles

example of custom designed timber frame structure

Based on authentic, historic barn designs, we offer the most popular standard sizes and styles for our structures. However, we do not restrict our customers and force them choose a “cookie cutter” barn from a list. Instead, we allow each customer to choose the size and style they really want from which we custom design their dream barn.

Custom Designs

Our barns are designed with an emphasis on big wood. Massive timbers form the load-bearing frame of these deceptively simple and sturdy structures. Because the walls are not load bearing, timber frame (post and beam) construction provides the ultimate in flexibility of design. With our own CAD department, we provide custom-design services that typically only an architect can provide to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for each customer - from the charming garden shed to a large commercial building. In addition, these designs can be engineered to meet your local building code specifications.

example of wood materials used

Authentic Wood Materials

Sand Creek Post & Beam uses full dimension (6"x6" is a full 6"x6"), rough cut wood responsibly harvested from areas closest to our facilities (Ponderosa Pine, Eastern Red Cedar and Southern Yellow Pine). While these indigenous wood species are most economical, you may choose other species if desired. Full dimension, rough cut wood is what was commonly used in historic old barns and gave them so much character. We avoid using smaller lumber yard dimensional lumber, plywood or OSB which can detract from the authenticity and aesthetics of the structure. The result is a beautiful rich look not only on the outside, but especially the inside. The photo above is a comparison of lumber yard wood (on the left) vs. our full dimension wood (on the right), using a 6x6, 2x6, 1x6, and 4x4. The difference is dramatic using only 4 pieces for comparison. Just think of the difference in an entire barn!

Traditional Timber Frame Construction

example of timber frame barn construction

Like the cathedrals and barns of days gone by, our barns are built using traditional timber frame construction. Today’s technology has allowed us to offer ¼" custom-designed steel joinery plates to make each joint even more secure. Because the timbers forming the frame of the building carry the weight of the structure, interior space can be left open or divided in almost any way imaginable. Timber frame construction offers superior strength with the warmth and beauty of exposed wood timbers.

Environmentally Friendly

Sand Creek Post & Beam has a deep concern for the environment and protection of the land. Not only do we want our barns to last for generations, we also want to help ensure healthy forests and a clean environment as part of our legacy. To that end, we promote new growth and healthy forests, we do not use toxic chemicals to treat our wood and we continually look for new ways to contribute to this important endeavor.