11:45AM | 03/20/04
Member Since: 03/19/04
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We are building a new house and would like to have 4 exposed beams in our great room. The room is 16x20 and has a 10 foot ceiling . The beams are non-structual and for appearance only the question is what size should they be to look appropriate for the space? What do others typically do?


11:19PM | 03/27/04
Member Since: 03/27/04
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hmm what do other do? well others do everything! for example in my mom's old house she has the easy way out: the beams are just boxes made of 1x material. on one house i worked on they had 18"x12" solid beams. so the whole structure had to be modified. hmmm the problem you face is the proportionsing of the beams. now i dunno what your looking for. for example will the "beams" be just a 2x applied board? or do you want them a little beefier?


04:52PM | 04/03/04
Member Since: 03/19/04
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I am figuring on making the beams out of 1X material and am wondering what would be a good size for the "boxes" like what you described in your moms old house. I have 5" wide X 1" pine that I would like to use but am concerned that they wont make a big enough beam I can get wider wood if 5" would look to undersized.


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