A convenience store in South Dakota got a serious makeover with Custom Resawn Beams in Burnt Mocha.
Chances are, you might have stopped at a Coffee Cup Fuel Stop. Known for their great prices, clean stores and friendly service, they're the perfect place to refuel both your car, and yourself.
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If you've ever hit Route 18 in Hot Springs, South Dakota, you might have have even stopped in to refuel at one of their most recently-revamped stores. The Hot Springs location just underwent a partial redesign that incorporated, among other things, a series of our Custom Resawn Beams.
Even close-up, the beams are incredibly realistic.
The beams were placed above the Caribou Coffee counter, forming an intricate truss that gives the booth a rustic, frontier feel. They look incredibly realistic; and for the hundreds of customers who stop by for a hot cup of Joe each day, there's probably an assumption that the beams are made from authentic, solid timber.
But, in fact, these beautiful beams are actually faux - molded from lightweight and durable polyurethane foam. That makes them light enough to suspend safely above Caribou Coffee; and the extensive truss design cost a fraction of what real timber would have done.
What makes the design work is how the beams are assembled together. Because the beams are lightweight and easy to cut with a regular wood saw, it's straightforward to cut them into pieces to assemble into a truss. The separate pieces can be joined together with wood screws and connecting blocks; and those connecting pieces are seamlessly hidden inside the hollow beams.
It took vision, imagination and careful measurement to create the truss; but nothing that is beyond the realms of any competent carpenter - and, as you can see from the pictures, the end results look fantastic.
What do you think? Suitable decor for a frontier-themed coffee stop? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.