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Aged Beams: Decorative Ceiling Elements

The headroom-challenged kitchen, with its exposed beams, will open onto a new family room with a double-height peaked ceiling. To connect the two spaces visually and bring down the scale of the taller addition, Tom will place decorative beams spanning the family room horizontally, like collar ties.

Shown: A local reclaimed-timber supplier helped the team find these 16-foot pine beams from a former train-whistle factory. Old structural timbers are usually compromised by warping, insect damage, or other factors, so while they're not suitable to carry loads, they can be installed in a way that makes them look as though they're doing the work.
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