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Design question on beams

Posted by mjtx2 (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 26, 12 at 8:01

Our plan has a very open kitchen and dining area that connect (open) to a sunken great room. The great room will have a silvery sand carpet, like a light taupe. There are walls of windows on the back of the house from the kitchen to the great room. Kitchen/dining has 10' ceilings, great room sinks 8" total (two 4" steps) and vaults.

I'm planning on vault beams of some kind in the great room and transitioning to just straight across attached beams in the kitchen/dining. The beams will all run the same way.

Do I have to have the same color beam in both areas? My architect thinks if I did white in one room and wood in the other it'd be okay, but I'm wondering about a greyish wood in the vaulted great room and a walnut colored stain in the kitchen. I'm wondering if keeping the style and wood grain the same would be enough to make the transition look good and not hodge podge. Thoughts or ideas are welcome!

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RE: Design question on beams

It may be helpful for us to see a visual of the layout. We are planning a home with a great room open to the kitchen and breakfast nook and our architect said the ceiling treatment should remain the same between the rooms. We are planning a white painted coffered/beam ceiling. I thought it might work better to use different ceiling heights/treatments between each space since very little separates the rooms otherwise - architecturally speaking. I think I will trust my architect on this one, though.

RE: Design question on beams

Hmmm. My architect said I could easily do white in one room and wood stain in the other, but didn't think I should use two different color stains (which is what I want to do). I wonder if the stain colors were pretty different (gray and dark wood) if that wouldn't be okay. But I think white coffered in one room and stained beam in another is done pretty regularly.

RE: Design question on beams

I have wood beam details on my kitchen ceiling. There is V groove pine as the base with 3x6 beams at 90degree angles to the v groove. The 3x6 beams are over 100 years old but the the v groove is new, therefore I stained the v groove but only put a clear coat on the reclaimed beams. I think it looks great but everyone has different tastes so others may not like it. I'll post a picture later.

RERE: Design question on beams

Here is the photo showing the contrast. I think a light and dark stain would give the same effect with more detail. Maybe you could use 2 different species of wood?

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By bb19 at 2012-02-27

RE: Design question on beams

Here are 3 different stains together.

BTW check out Houzz when you get the chance. Lots of good ideas.

Here is a link that might be useful: Houzz

RE: Design question on beams

Oh I've spent hours on Houzz. I recommended it to a couple people and both of their comments to me were along the lines of "I don't know whether to thank you or kill you." I love that site but I can wile away the hours there, for sure!

Thanks for the link - I like that beam design, too and I hadn't seen it yet. Unusual.

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