Victorian cottage - are exposed oak beams true to period?
Hi - I have some steel tie rods, approx 1" in diameter, installed from front to back of my Victorian terraced cottage, which are not concealed in any way and are quite unsightly. I accept that I cannot remove them without putting the exterior walls at risk of collapse, so I am considering using hollowed out (relatively small) oak beams to cover them up. I am not sure if this would be being 'true' to the victorian period - although I have some experience at renovating, I am not too familiar with what woud be in keeping with a workers cottage, as opposed to a grand victorian house. There are a few exposed (original) beams in the lounge, so I am thinking it might be OK to do this, but would appreciate any advice on whether this would be a mistake? Many thanks!