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Old 01-06-2011, 10:57 AM   #1
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Stumped on trimming out this opening. See Pic. Not a load bearing wall. My original plan was to make a very minimal (2 to 4 inches deep) faux beam across top of opening. Thinking about what to do after that then stumped me on how to trim out the remaining opening. Is it best to just leave it smooth ( patch in drywall, etc) or actually use trim running up to edge of faux beam. Maybe the faux beam is not a good idea. Maybe making a minimal header is best route. I am stumped.

Opening is drywall on one side and paneling on other.

What would the experts here suggest ? If you have any photos or links that would be greatly appreciated.
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It looks like the top and bottom plates are still in. Assuming the wall is running parallel to the ceiling joists (it better be, or your missing a header) You could add blocking between the ceiling joists, secure your top plate to the blocking at each end of the opening and remove the top plate.

Is the ceiling textured (popcorn, brush, trowel or other)? You'll have to add nailers for your drywall patch.

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It looks like the top and bottom plates are still in. Assuming the wall is running parallel to the ceiling joists (it better be, or your missing a header) You could add blocking between the ceiling joists, secure your top plate to the blocking at each end of the opening and remove the top plate.

Is the ceiling textured (popcorn, brush, trowel or other)? You'll have to add nailers for your drywall patch.

Bottom plate is now gone. Wall is not load bearing as truss system above it. I left top plate in for possible nailing surface for faux beam. Ceiling Texture is brush/trowelish
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I would secure the wall top and remove the top plate.

Textured drywall isn't the easiest thing in the world to match but it will be less obvious than a faux beam
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If it were mine I would go with the beam as it would separate and define the two rooms unless the two rooms are meant to be an enlargement of one room. If I went with the beam I would drop it down enough to get a comfortable size ceiling mold up and still show a good margin.
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If it were mine I would go with the beam as it would separate and define the two rooms unless the two rooms are meant to be an enlargement of one room. If I went with the beam I would drop it down enough to get a comfortable size ceiling mold up and still show a good margin.

How far would you drop down ? There is already crown molding that runs the room. 3 inch molding or close to that. You would put in the beam and then add molding to it at ceiling ? Would you just finish the sides of opening with drywall patches ?
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Drop it down far enough to install future french doors, always a nice feature between 2 rooms.
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How far would you drop down ? There is already crown molding that runs the room. 3 inch molding or close to that. You would put in the beam and then add molding to it at ceiling ? Would you just finish the sides of opening with drywall patches ?
In our house I dropped it so about 2 - 2 1/2 inches shows below the ceiling mold.

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