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Old 10-26-2010, 08:39 AM   #1
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Please help me picture this...post and beam


The house we are buying currently has a wall between the kitchen and the dining room, it's just a regular drywalled wall. My partner wants to remove the wall so that the kitchen opens up into the dining room. What he wants to put in is a post and beam structure...in my mind it'll look weird, we'll have two posts and one beam connecting the d/r and kitchen that are wooden and the rest of the entire house will be drywalled and painted.
Does anybody know where I can find some pictures of some similar projects so I can feel better about this....

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Old 10-27-2010, 06:53 AM   #2
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Putting rustic in a basically standard decorated area sometimes works well, sometimes not. Depends on how it's done and your tastes.

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Is the wall you are removing a load-bearing wall? If so, you have to support the weight above it with a properly sized beam. How long is the span, if it is too long a span to hide the beam in adjacent walls, then you may need posts.
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Is the wall you are removing a load-bearing wall? If so, you have to support the weight above it with a properly sized beam. How long is the span, if it is too long a span to hide the beam in adjacent walls, then you may need posts.
We are planning on having a structual engineer look at it before we decide to do anything, but I'm pretty sure it's a load bearing wall, that's why he wants to put the posts and beam in.

It's not a full wall right now (maybe 8 feet long), so on one side of it it's joined to the outside wall of the house, but on the other side of it there's just an open space...again that's why he wanted to put a post in... (I tried to draw a pic below, not sure if it'll turn out.)

Because we're going to have somebody look at it first I'm not too worried about it structually, just aesthetically. I'm trying to picture it and I just can't...maybe if we tie the kitchen countertops and kitchen/dining room flooring in to the color of the beams it could work...I'm just not sure.

I was hoping somebody had pictures of something similar...


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Putting rustic in a basically standard decorated area sometimes works well, sometimes not. Depends on how it's done and your tastes.
If I could just picture it in my head (and see just how it could all tie in together) I think I might be able to be OK with it.
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I would look at pics of craftsman style houses. They typically had creative designs for built- in's around posts between the kitchen and dining rooms. Also no reason why you couldn't either drywall over them or use covers to look like columns. good luck!
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I've not seen your layout but I personally like a breakfast bar type set-up rather than opening the wall entirely. It connects the two rooms making each look larger and provides a space for staging food when entertaining. Not to mention it could be a convenient place for a quick snak.

You should d/l Google Sketch-up. It's free and easy to use. It's a 3-d design program. I use it to show design concepts prior to renovation.

If this pic works, it's something I threw together as an idea for you in a couple of minutes.



(sorry about the size, for some reason it's huge despite my resizing)

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you can always wrap the posts and beam with drywall and paint.
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you can always wrap the posts and beam with drywall and paint.
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I wouldn't think it would cost 1000 to DIY drywall wrap. I'd be inclined to wrap the posts an attractive wood rather than drywall though. Maybe even the beam.
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I wouldn't think it would cost 1000 to DIY drywall wrap. I'd be inclined to wrap the posts an attractive wood rather than drywall though. Maybe even the beam.
I don't think the reference was to $$
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I opened up the wall between our kitchen and dining room by cutting out 'window holes' then finished the 'holes' with jamb/casing material.
It lets the morning sun into the L/R and afternoon sun into the kitchen.
No effect on the framing. No drywall repairs or patches. No flooring modifications.
Let me know if you would like to see a picture and I'll post something.

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