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Home Design Is Looking Up | Beams

When designing a new home or updating an existing space, there is a lot to think about. People can spend hours mulling over paint colors, hardware options, cabinetry finishes, and other details, but one aspect that is sometimes overlooked is the ceiling.

The ceiling is just as much a design opportunity as elements such as light fixtures or flooring. It can be an unexpected focal point, drawing visitors’ attention upward and adding character to a space.  

What is one of Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource’s favorite ways to add architectural interest to a ceiling?  Exposed beams.  Their original purpose was functional back when timber frame construction was popular.  With new technology, it became commonplace to conceal beams, but now, many homeowners are opting to incorporate beams, whether faux or functional, for their aesthetic appeal and charm.

Style

Exposed beams are a detail that can complement any style.  Opt for reclaimed barn beams with authentic patina and distress marks to achieve a rustic aesthetic.  Don’t have access to antique beams?  Incorporate new beams that are made to look old – hand-distressing, sanding and custom staining.  Do you have a more modern home?  Perhaps, you want to include exposed steel beams.  Or maybe a warm wood beam is the perfect contrast to other contemporary elements.

Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

Emphasis

Beams are an opportunity to add visual weight and can help ground a space, adding warmth and texture to make a room feel cozier.  For instance, a room with vaulted ceilings can sometimes feel large and cavernous.  Exposed beams can help scale a living area to create more intimacy.  They can also help emphasize architectural details that may be overlooked.

Hartford Family Room Remodel

Cover

Oftentimes, if a load-bearing wall is removed to open up a room, a microlam header is used to support the structure.  Beams can conceal these less attractive details.  Bonus – they help keep spaces open yet separate, delineating rooms and adding visual interest rather than having one open space.

Elm Grove Family Room Remodel

Warmth

As we touched on earlier, exposed beams can add warmth and variation to a space.  They help soften the formality of a room, and they create dimension, elevating a design without overdoing it.

Elm Grove Family Room Remodel

Recent Project: Inviting Sunroom Addition

Our clients enjoyed entertaining friends and family, but their kitchen and other existing spaces weren’t conducive to this hobby.  They desired a warm, inviting space for their frequent get-togethers.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Before     Waukesha Sunroom Addition - After

The home’s back elevation was “cookie cutter” and lacked character.  The sunroom addition features a cupola with Azek crown molding and trim, adding charm to the exterior and blending with the existing structure.  The exterior also includes fiber cement composite siding for less maintenance and more durability.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Bar

The sunroom’s interior offers easy access to the kitchen to assist with entertaining.  There is a pass-through, and the large archway allows people to flow from one room to the other, making it one useable space.  The bar area features Golden Fantasy granite, wood-framed doors with “water glass” inserts, a slate backsplash, a beverage refrigerator, and custom wood wine cubbies.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - View

The kitchen and entertaining space originally ended abruptly at the back of the house, so there was little room for guests.  The addition has an open concept, conducive to entertaining a group of people.  The large windows also showcase the conservancy views, and the patio door connects the space to the outdoors.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Ceiling     Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Ceiling Detail

The hand-framed, vaulted ceiling makes the addition feel more spacious, and the box beams at the hip rafters and cupola draw guests’ attention upward.  Rope lighting was incorporated at the crown molding and cupola to highlight the unique ceiling.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Fireplace

The fireplace is a focal point, giving the room a cozy feel.  It features hand-cut Lannon stone that ties the addition  into the home’s exterior.  The dynamic slate floor also uses hydronic heating, so the homeowners can comfortably enjoy the space in the winter (even without socks).

The Details

Handblown Pendant     Wine Cubbies

Sculpted, Furniture-Style Toe Kicks     Curved Casing

Bartelt Wins 2013 National CotY

2013 National Contractor of the Year

On Friday, we were named 2013 National Contractor of the Year (CotY) from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for the Residential Addition $100,000 – $250,000 category.

These awards are given each year by NARI Headquarters to NARI members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects.

Our winning project was a sunroom addition that connects the home’s indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces.  It features a bar area, fireplace, hydronic floor heating, wine storage, large windows to showcase the outside views, and a vaulted ceiling and cupola to add architectural interest.

We would like to thank our team, trade partners, and customers for helping us design and build this beautiful addition! This award is the result of the creativity, talent, and dedication of everyone involved.

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Home Design is Looking Up

Don’t let your ceiling become an afterthought.

When designing a new space or updating an old space, there is a lot to think about. People can spend hours mulling over paint colors, hardware options, cabinetry finishes, and other details, but one aspect that tends to be neglected: the ceiling.

The ceiling is just as much a design opportunity as elements such as light fixtures or flooring. It can be an unexpected focal point, drawing visitors’ attention upward and adding character to a space.

Now, let’s take a look at just a few options to turn your standard ceiling into something spectacular!

Tin Ceiling

Tin ceilings not only add texture to a room, but they also offer historical charm. They became popular in the 19th century because they were a more affordable option than plaster, but tin ceilings are finding their way into more and more homes today.

Tin Ceilings

Vaulted and Barrel-Vaulted Ceilings

In general, vaulted ceilings give a room height and the illusion of more space, but it’s important to consider the scale of the room. If the ceiling is too high, the area can feel too large and become a cold echo chamber. Barrel-vaulted ceilings offer a soft arch and depart from a typical vaulted ceiling, which can provide more architectural interest to a room.

Left: Vaulted Ceiling with Box Beams; Right: Barrel-Vaulted Ceiling

Tray Ceilings

With a recessed area resembling a tray, these ceilings can contribute to the spacious feel of a room. There are many ways to highlight a tray ceiling – paint, moldings, wood planks, and other details. It is also a great opportunity to feature lighting.

Tray Ceiling

Coffered Ceilings

Coffered ceilings use recessed panels and a grid pattern to add dimension and architectural charm to a room, often created with beams or plaster. They can also offer space to hide ducts, pipes, and other mechanical items.

Coffered Ceiling

Beam Ceilings

Exposed or painted beams often give a space a timeless, rustic elegance. It is a great way to add a touch of masculinity to a room, whether you use reclaimed or paint-grade wood to match the space’s color scheme.

No matter which style you choose for your space, consider getting creative with the materials you use. There are many options other than drywall – painted or stained wood, barn boards, tin (as previously stated), metal, brick, and other interesting items.

It’s okay to think outside the box!

Top: Beam Ceiling; Middle: Beam Ceiling with Barn Boards; Bottom: Beam Ceiling with Brick