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cased opening or not cased arch?

Posted by bmh4796 (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 17, 13 at 20:56

we have 2 6 foot wide cased openings that are centered right and left in our living room. would arched openings that aren't cased be less expensive than cased openings like this?

the walls there are 10"

Here is an example of the 10" openings that my builder does. I'm thinking the arches would be more budget friendly?


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RE: cased opening or not cased arch?

But are you going to be happy with arches long-term? I too toyed with the 2 options but was afraid the arches would look dated in a few years. (My grandparents put them in their house they built in 1951). A simple clean opening like you pictured seems much more timeless and classic. Can your builder choose a different style of casing and maybe save you some $? Good luck with your decision!


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RE: cased opening or not cased arch?

But are you going to be happy with arches long-term? I too toyed with the 2 options but was afraid the arches would look dated in a few years. (My grandparents put them in their house they built in 1951). A simple clean opening like you pictured seems much more timeless and classic. Can your builder choose a different style of casing and maybe save you some $? Good luck with your decision!


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Sorry for duplicates!


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RE: cased opening or not cased arch?

The exterior you posted on another thread has an arched front door. The style of your home leans to interior arched openings. I would use them to help break up the interior trim.

Our home has arched openings wherever there is an opening without a door. It's a new "old" home. If you'd like to see pictures, I've linked below. They were taken 5 yrs ago but there are more current photos in other articles.

Here is a link that might be useful: My house


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RE: cased opening or not cased arch?

Do you have kids?

If you do, your uncased openings will look terrible in no time.

I would spend the money and case the openings.

If it's all adults, choose esthetics and budget.


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RE: cased opening or not cased arch?

Well, I think all openings should be cased, both arched and regular, unless it is a southwestern style home or something with those thick plaster walls. I think uncased openings look unfinished. I do think cased arches are particularly pretty. Our openings are cased, and in some rooms we jazzed them up with additional trim.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos


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RE: cased opening or not cased arch?

We have a couple of arches going in. Does anyone have any pictures of cased arches in their home? Is this something that would be a difficult DIY after we move in? We are trying to save some $ and thought this might be something we could do later, but if it is huge pain as an after project, we will just bite the bullet and have the builder do it.


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RE: cased opening or not cased arch?

Aside from an architectural modern, leaving casings off looks exactly like what it is: cheap. Like windows without jambs.

Cased ArchwaySource: mitrecontracting.com


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RE: cased opening or not cased arch?

Aside from an architectural modern, leaving casings off looks exactly like what it is: cheap. Like windows without jambs.

Cased ArchwaySource: mitrecontracting.com


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RE: cased opening or not cased arch?

at the start, i insisted that all openings be cased, for 2 reasons - it looks finished and because we have 4 kids. now that we are trying to shave some costs, i am having to reconsider a few things.

i thought that since they are 6 feet wide that maybe the kids won't touch them. however, as i'm typing, i see my 10 year old practicing some football move in between a huge 10 foot cased opening in to our dining room. lol!!

so i'll leave them cased. they'll get really dingy otherwise. i already scream "don't touch my walls, please" at least 3 times a day to my children or a neighbors child. i don't need to add "don't touch the openings!"


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RE: cased opening or not cased arch?

allison, did you use Peacock pavers in your home. That's what Bobby McAlpine uses in many of his homes. I've never seen them in person.


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RE: cased opening or not cased arch?

I ordered samples, but back when we were building they did not have the thin pavers. Our main level is travertine and the lower level is an Italian porcelain tile. Next house I will use Peacock Pavers.


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RE: cased opening or not cased arch?

We wanted a modern/transitional look, and went with uncased arches, and bullnosed corners. We love the look; this wasn't a cost savings measure. The bullnosed corners add an architectural detail and interest.

Adding some casing in the future isn't a huge expensive project, should you change your mind. Unless you go nuts with the trim, it should only be a few hundred per opening -- most trim is under $5/lf. Installation and painting are pretty easy.


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