I have wanted to add beams since we moved into our 1970’s ranch remodel. We could have had them installed when we were remodeling, but to be honest, we were just so anxious to move in, we decided to wait. Fast forward to living in our home for about a year…we still wanted the beams in the dining room! Adding beams can be a DIY project, that being said, we decided to hire it out and we are glad we did. It is a time consuming project, and we didn’t have time to accomplish. I am answering all your beam questions today and sharing all the details!
Dining Room Before Beams-
Dining Room with Beams-
Dining Room Sources-
FAQ Faux Beams-
- What wood is your beams? Alder.
- Did you stain your beams? No, we left them natural and just filled in the nail holes (see below).
- How tall are your ceilings? 8′.
- How much did the wood cost? $2500k. We have four beams that are 15’x5″.
- How much was the labor for the beams? $5k. It took about a week to build the beams and then to install them. They took the pieces of wood to a shop and cut each piece at a 45 degree angle so you see less of a seam. (Mike and Jessie are who we hired #801-362-8134).
- Does adding beams make your ceiling feel shorter? We don’t think so! I think it adds interest and draws your eye up, making it feel bigger and yet cozy.
- How big is your dining room? 15’x17′
- How did you decide what direction to run the beams? We decided to do the shorter distance of the room. There isn’t one right way. Consider objects in the room, windows and doorways. We wanted the focal point to be the window and dining table, so the beams were centered around that.