Well, I've heard it both ways, and argued quite strongly either way from laypeople to folks with architecture degrees and AIA's after their names.
Yes, they are, no they aren't.
I've heard comments ranging from no they're not post and beam because the masonry takes on the majority of the load bearing and that's not really a post system
, to yes it is post and beam because the ceilings aren't cluttered up with the typical horizontal joists and hey, here's a post right here
, hence the lofted effect.
There is a 30-foot beam feature in my own Haver Home that appears to be supported by masonry on one end, a steel post in the middle and a wooden post on the other end. It is responsible for sheltering a full third of my home. Puzzling to say the least.
Is it fair to say that Haver Homes are post and beam construction? Lets hear all the evidence for and against, and come closer to settling this categorization.
Feel free to make ample linkage and reference to interior and exterior photos from Home Tours 1 and 3, plus the whole archive of source photos in the Haver section of our Neighborhoods page.
Some reference images to start:
Do cite your own sources from books on the subject if you are able.
Please also identify if you are talking about one Haver Home design in specific, about a single tract design, or about the larger body of work, since principles that may apply to one design may not apply to all.
Example: in Marlen Grove, do the freestanding masonry walls count as a "post"? If Stonehenge and Parthenon columns count as early examples of posts, cannot a brief freestanding masonry wall? Wall, post, or a hybrid?
* And yes I know the trouble with labels, blah blah, blah. Without labels, however, we share no common vocabulary.