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Is it practical to build post to beam in a desert?

cmayall | Posted in Energy Efficiency and Durability on

My property is in flood plain of 1 to 2 feet

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  1. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #1

    First of all, can you tell us your name?

    Second, what do you mean by "post to beam"? Are you talking about post-frame construction (a method often used for agricultural buildings or warehouses)? Or are you talking about traditional post-and-beam construction using large timbers connected by mortise-and-tenon joints?

    By the way, either type of construction is possible in a desert.

    You should know that most green builders avoid building in flood plains.

  2. cmayall | | #2

    Thanks for responding. It would be post to frame. This is a developed area with 1 to 2 acre lots.other homes are on concrete slabs with various methods of diverting water around them. It seemed to me it would be better to leave the ground alone and go up 3 ft. I have a sloped lot drooping 1 foot every 20 feet and that varies. 1200 sg. Ft. Would being off ground be much more difficult to cool house. Not sure of best way to insulate floor

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    What you are contemplating is commonly called a pier foundation. If you use the search function you will find lots of articles on it and how to insulate the floor. Probably a good choice for flood-prone areas.
    Good luck!

  4. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #4

    You solved the puzzle. Thanks.

    Kevin: Here is a link to an article about pier foundations: Pier Foundations.

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