Size of ceiling beams
Everyone who has exposed beams, how thick are they?
Our main floor has 9' ceilings, and is essentially 1 main open room. The only wall separates the kitchen from the mudroom (and the powder room is in the mudroom). One of my design insistences (which gets a raised eyebrow from my GC and architect) is a beam or bulk head separating the living room from the kitchen. I want open concept, but I also want clear definition of my "rooms".
We have our joist design, and they're putting in a beam exactly where I wanted it. Yay! But then we asked them to raise the beam to be semi-flush in the basement because the ceilings down there are only 8', so a 12" beam would drop it to 7'. So making it semi-flush gives another 6" of headroom.
So, they went and made it semi-flush on the main floor, too. Given that I want a rustic/industrial exposed beam on the main floor, 6" seems too small. If I leave it semi-flush, I can always have it clad in something, and make it as thick as I want. But I'd rather leave it fully exposed, so it's actually part of the structure, nothing fake about it.
Is 12" too big on a 9' ceiling? Is 6" too small?