Hanging Posts

This "Lobster Preparation and Consumption Facility" was added to a Nantucket compound we had enjoyed building for the previous owner. The new owner/client wanted no sign of support to show on the first floor – no free standing posts and no effectively long braces. Furthermore, there had to be a large hole centered in the second floor, for the two floors really to interact under large party circumstances. After casting about for ways to hold all this up, we just went with two Wicked Big Beams in the roof. Not only did they clear span to support the roof, but the four “posts” that appear to support the large beams above around the hole in the floor below are really in tension. They also serve as fine hand railing definers. Eventually, we needed to tighten the internal rods, to close a gap in the railing as the timbers had dried and shrunk.

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