A peter-post structure, including a suspended timber floor, under construction.

A peter-post structure, including a suspended timber floor, under construction.

The peter-post is a simple and effective means of creating versatile, strong and adaptable eco-building structures. Used in conjunction with simple floor and roof beams, peter-post structures are an ideal means for owner-builders to learn the intricacies of making strong and stable 3D structures.

The peter-post connects with a floor beam

The peter-post connects with a floor beam

The peter-post is the key element in EconoSpaceMaking

A peter-post frame filled with 300mm of lightearth insulation

A peter-post frame filled with 300mm of lightearth insulation

Peter-posts facilitate easy jointing – a key aspect of building construction. They are also versatile enough to allow for differing depths and thicknesses of insulation material to be incorporated into a building structure.

EconoSpace under construction showing suspended floor with cavity which can be filled with insulating and heatstorage material.

EconoSpace under construction showing suspended floor with cavity which can be filled with insulating and heatstorage material.

A further advantage of peter-post structures is that they incorporate a suspended timber floor thereby avoiding the need to have a concrete slab.

Peter-posts used to create a cubby house

Peter-posts used to create a cubby house

Peter-posts used to make a table

Peter-posts used to make a table

Apart from their use in ‘full size’ structures peter-posts can be used to make tables, storage units, cubbys, play structures, etc. The only limit is one’s imagination!

Want to learn how to make and use peter-posts? Check out the EconoSpaceMaking DVD Course