Habitat Post & Beam, Inc.

(413) 665-4006
www.postandbeam.com

Services Provided
Custom designing and manufacturing of a Habitat Post & Beam weathertight shell kit package delivered to your site, to be built by a local builder on your prepared foundation.

Areas Served
Specializing in the Northeast; able to ship kit packages throughout contiguous 48 United States.

Business Description
Starting in 1972, Habitat Post & Beam has been custom designing and manufacturing material packages for custom post and beam homes, additions, and specialty/commercial buildings that are shipped nationwide and assembled by your own local builder. 1-800-992-0121 www.postandbeam.com https://www.facebook.com/HabitatPostAndBeam

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are not involved in the finish or decoration of these homes, so it is unlikely that we can answer any questions about elements that were not part of our kit package, i.e., specific elements of the spaces such as appliances, colors, lighting, furniture, landscaping, etc.

Certification and Awards
Passive Solar Residential Design Competition Award 1979 of HUD Solar Building Award for our Passive Solar house design. See our 15th Edition catalog on pages 70-73, and on our web site at http://www.postandbeam.com/plan/136/

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Location:
South Deerfield, MA US 
Contact:
Huckle May 
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Address
21 Elm Street,
South Deerfield, Massachusetts,
United States, 01373 
Fax:
(413) 665-4008 
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Dear Terry: The ceiling height in the kitchen is 8'5" to the bottom of the 6x8 Douglas fir rafters, and about 9' to the face of the decking. As far as the decking goes, the customers were originally going to use a plaster/sheetrock ceiling between the timber rafters in the kitchen, but when we photographed the home we found that they had used wood decking (builder-supplied?) instead. Our best guess on the type of decking they used is tongue and groove western red cedar. Typically our clients use an oil finish that imparts a slight tint to the wood. We recommend Watco products for this purpose http://www.rustoleum.com/en/product-catalog/consumer-brands/watco/danish-oil. You'll see that it comes in many different tints, but keep in mind that the color of the wood will deepen with time.
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This is great info. Thank you! Our ceilings just happen to be 9' and we are considering using 5 1/2" x 8" beams. Do you think it would be too much in a very large room, say 25' x 28'? We have an open area with kitchen, dining and family room all together. Just worried about it getting too dark. Do you think they used the natural stain here? So the stain won't keep the wood from getting darker? Any way to keep pine from turning more yellow? I love the look of knotty pine, but don't want it too dark or yellow. The color of this ceiling looks very nice. How far apart are the beams? Thanks you!
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Hello Terry: The beams are spaced about 4' on center. The beams may not look quite right being that long (25' or 28' depending on which way they go in your room), without some sort of support (girder) underneath, even though it would be a "fake" girder in your case.

I'm guessing the wood decking here is in this photo is cedar, which blends well with the Douglas fir (they both age with more of an orange than yellow hue). If you're looking for your decking to match your timbers, Douglas fir decking is also an option. Knotty pine will deepen as it ages, but into a yellow hue that will provide a contrast with fir. Regardless of how you finish any wood, you should expect some natural additional darkening over time.

I'm assuming that they used the natural oil finish on the exposed wood, as that is typically what our clients do, especially with cedar due to its natural color and how well it goes with the fir. This might be a safe way to start, as you can always opt to go over it with something darker at a later time.
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Dear Betseeee4: Although I can't tell which exact brand of chandelier this is (we are not at all involved in the finish/decorating of our homes), many of our customers seem to drift toward Hubbardton Forge lighting (as we did when we chose lighting for our showroom). Hubbardton Forge makes a chandelier with the "basket" detail, which is quite similar: http://www.lampsplus.com/products/hubbardton-forge-black-twist-basket-chandelier__22859.html. Here is one without the basket detail: http://www.lightopiaonline.com/simple-lines-10-arm-2-tier-chandelier.html
If you're lucky enough to have local metalworking craftspeople in your area (like we are), this is a common chandelier design that could be hand-crafted. This is one that is local to us: http://www.morrellmetalsmiths.com/#!product/prd1/395569721/four-arm-electric-chandelier-w-basket-twist.
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Thank you so much! Really appreciate it!
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We are not involved in the finish or decoration of these homes, so we cannot answer any questions about elements that were not part of our kit package, i.e., specific elements of the spaces such as appliances, colors, lighting, furniture, landscaping, etc.
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