I’ve always loved beams. Big, chunky, rustic beams … the more the better. So when I started thinking about what I wanted in our new house, a boatload of beams were pretty high on the list.
I think we have exterior beams covered. Some may say we even went a bit overboard.
Last week the interior beams (new cedar 8 x 8’s) were installed. There are two under the loft in the kitchen (they’re not supporting anything, they’re purely aesthetic)…
And two flanking the foyer.
Then there are the ceiling beams. We had always planned on using old solid antique beams for the ceiling, but that proved harder than planned. First off, we needed 30 footers, which are a bit hard to find (not to mention expensive). Then the framers refused to put in solid beams, which meant it would have to be a DIY project. I wasn’t excited about that option, especially after Adams ladder incident last January.
Darin and Jody (our house building friends) did decide to DIY their beam installation, and it proved successful.
They look amazing, right? If you like that just wait till you see ours…
Ohhh, ahhhh…. haha.
We went the other route and had the framers install fake beams, which we will skin later.
We also had the same thing done in the master bedroom, just on a smaller scale.
Not as amazing as the real thing, but they cost less than a thousand bucks and we didn’t have to install them ourselves (though we will have to skin them later). Adam was talking about perhaps doing something weird and creative with them, but I pulled my veto card on that idea pretty quickly. I really just want them to look like old, rustic, sexy beams. I don’t want to regret going wild with the big unchangeable parts of our house, I want those parts to stay pretty classy. You know me….class class class.
I did a quote today from a company that sells antique beam skins just for this sort if thing, and the quote was EIGHTEEN THOUSAND dollars. Yes, you read that right. It might as well be a million. It think it would be cheaper for me to wrap the beams in actual money, like dollar bill decoupage, than to buy antique skins. Crazy. I’m going to keep looking for a rustic wood option, but if I had to guess I’d say we will end up with cedar skinned beams to match all the others. I think they will look nice when we are finished… and even if they’re not perfect, they’re pretty high up there. It’s not like they’re right in your face.
This week we have been finishing up little things and double checking everything before spray foam and rock happen next week, and Adam has also started building our kitchen cabinets. I’m trying to stay caught up with house progress and not get backlogged, but it’s getting a little hard at this point. If you want to see frequent real-time updates you can always follow me on Instagram.