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Post & Beam

I was excited to see this house on the cover of Elle Decor’s December 2010 issue and was reminded of how much I love post and beam construction.

Originally rooted in architecture from England, Holland and Norway, American Post and Beam construction started as soon as the settlers arrived and started to build houses. Stave churches found in Norway are one of my favorite types of early post & beam construction. The Borgund Stave Church dates back to the late 12th century.

While the beams certainly set a tone for a home, they can be incorporated into either a traditional or more transitional interior.

The house below was built in Canada in the 18th century as a barn and moved to the coast of Rhode Island.

Interesting to see how modern design and architecture is once again rooted in what is original.

Photo Credits: Designer Mary Lynn Turner & Photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna in Elle Decor (1-8) Wikipedia Borgund Church (9,10) Mimi Findlay via House and Home (11) Karen Blake (12) Stephen Shadley (13) Architectural and Interior Design by Ellen Denisevich-Grickis in Architectural Digest June 2008 (14-18)

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