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Constructing Envs Week 7 Frankston Site Visit We visited a small extension renovation in Frankston. The house was originally built in 1977, however they have decided to remodel the inside/internal structures of the house. The renovations have been underway for a little over 2 month now. The main structure of the house uses a post and beam construction. This means there are a series of horizontal beams in place, which transfer loads down to a “system of vertical posts” (Dietrich, 2013). Often there are also a number of diagonal braces to help support the post and beams structure, we were able to see a number of these both inside the house and outside on the decking area.                         The existing roof has been kept in place as it had only been recently done. Wooden beams in roof have been left exposed (internally). Timber was the main material used throughout the house both inside and out. The interior roof was constructed with timber cladding. The exposed rafters were Oregon.

                        Figure  1.    Post  and  beam  construction,  (Houzz,   2013)  

PVC piping has been cleverly used to contain/hide the electrical cables that needed to extend across the ceiling/exposed roof. The PVC was spray painted red to give an industrial aesthetic and contrast against the organic looking timber beams and posts.

The kitchen was to be designed as a U-shaped layout. So far there was plumbing and electrical work in place, however no appliances or fittings had been installed in place as of yet. We were able to see where the water supply was placed in the kitchen and where the outlet would be for things such as the dishwasher and heating.

The staircase was a main feature in this area of the house. Its spiral design wraps tightly around a central beam that extends from the ground floor to the ceiling of the first floor. Each timber step had to be carefully measured and hand-cut so as to fit exactly against this organic wood post/beam. This beam also acts as a load bearing structure supporting the load of the roof and transferring it down to the ground. The photos to the right and above show a new reading area/space that is going to be incorporated into the new design of the house. A specially made steel lintel has been placed in front of the space where the window will be. This is to hold the glass and timber in place when the window is installed. A slot will need to be cut for the glass to be placed in/installed.

There are quite a few 45° angles in the deck and exterior roof design (over the decking). A feature roof was being built above the decking, which was going to be to an extent “free standing”. There were some temporary posts in place when we visited the site however they are to be removed at a later date. They currently provide extra support to the structure that is being built until it is able to support itself. The finished overhanging roof and deck design will reflect a wave shape.

All About Pipes 2013, PVC Pipe. Available: [2013, September 16th].

Post & Beam 2010, Advantages Of Post & Beam Building. Available: s-of-post-beam-building [2013, September 16th].




Dietrich, B. 2013, Know Your House: Post and Beam Construction Basics. Available: [2013, September].



Constructing envs week 7  
Constructing envs week 7