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Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 11:11 AM

Open beam ceiling house plans:

Big ceiling beams can provide big benefits for wide open living spaces. Here is what the Builder Brothers have to say about it, with explanations and examples of beam ceilings, together with photos to show the different styles you'll find in Raleigh new homes.  

 

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans



Exposed beam ceiling home design ideas:

Love the look of a lakeside cottage or a mountain retreat? Exposed beams are usually a focal point. 
 
But beams come in many forms, and can serve a key function as a structural component or simply add character to a room or home. Without modern beams we would not be able to have the capability to have these wide open and highly desired floor plans. 

Exposed beam ceiling house plans

Decorative beams are often going in the opposite direction on a timeline, as they can be integrated into an 'old world' design theme. 
 
These non-structural stained solid beams bring to mind castles and chalets with soaring ceilings and timeless dark wood.    The size and weight perfectly accentuates the open, vaulted ceiling over the kitchen and dining areas.
 
Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

 

Hidden beam ceiling house plans

It takes big beams to create open layouts - whether you see them, or not.  It's a matter of form versus function.
 
Structural engineers can be your best friend, when you want to build a home with lots of open living space. They work with the integrity of a plan, to create more contemporary, modernistic layouts that don't require as many weight bearing columns or walls.
 
Functional beams carry large weights, like this entrance between a kitchen and a breakfast room. 
 
Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans
Can't find the beam in this photo? The primary beam is hidden in a flush ceiling, with an additional beam dropping down to provide a feeling of separate space for the nook. Steel beams hidden in the ceiling allow span for the drop beam to the keeping room:
 
Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans
If you want to stretch an opening 12 or 15 feet like this, without using columns, you need the strength of steel - with beams that are hidden. 
 

Structural beam ceiling house plans

Here is an example of a structural beam where the sitting room meets the bedroom. A large microllam LVL beam is built in, hidden underneath the paint and drywall. 

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

A structural beam like this is designed to carry the load of the ceiling and roof:  

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

One story house plans with vaulted ceilings and beams in the vault

Timber beams are usually for visual appeal, as opposed to structural necessity. They are typically found in mountain or lake style homes, designed for rustic appeal.
 
This photo of a cedar beam with a 'sunburst' detail is purely for the look. It was left 'natural' (no stain or paint) intentionally. It draws your eyes up and emphasizes the tall vaulted ceiling.

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

Beam ceiling ideas - wrapped wood beams

You can use many different types of materials and with the dozens of stain options out there, there are countless ways to create the look you have in mind.  But, most exposed beams are wrapped with oak or cedar. 

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

 

Oak and Cedar are hardwoods that can be stained, for dark stained wrapped wood beams like these: 

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

Alternatives to beam ceilings - Fireplace wall

This two sided stone fireplace takes the place of a beam ceiling. The fireplace carries the weight of the second story, and is accentuated by a stained wood contemporary/rustic style wrap mantle.  

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans


Modern Homes with Beam Ceilings:

Beams can function as a structural component or simply add character to a room. Without modern beams, new home builders would not be able to create open concept floor plans, which are highly desired in the Raleigh area. 
 

 

About the Builder Brothers: 

Builder Brothers Andrew and Phil are just part of the team at Stanton Homes, surrounding you with expertise while building stunning custom homes. A little friendly competition is reflected in the details of the extraordinary homes they create. They're all-around nice guys with a lot of smarts, really great ideas, and rare integrity. You'll learn a lot about how to build beautiful homes from the Builder Brothers. 

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