FauxWoodBeams.com customer Justin sent in these pictures of his great room remodel using Beachwood beams. We love this project as it demonstrates how a simple design approach is often what delivers the best-looking results. We've featured a variety of projects on this blog, including towering faux beam constructions that are startling in their complexity. However, it's almost always the simple projects that really draw our eye. Elegance and simplicity are often synonymous, and that's especially true when adding aesthetic elements to your home like our beams. Justin's great room remodel complete Justin ordered our Beachwood Beams for his great room, and installed them according to our guidelines - using mounting blocks screwed into the ceiling studs to secure our hollow, u-shaped beams, and carefully trimming the ends to make sure they fit flush with the walls at either edge. But the straightforward nature of this project decries the thought that went into it. The reason it looks so authentic is because Justin researched how real beamed ceilings would have been constructed back when large timbers were the preferred material for building homes. He then installed his faux beams to match that configuration. This illustration down below demonstrates what I'm talking about: This graphic demonstrates how real timbers would have been used to support a ceiling. As you can see, in traditional timber-framed homes, the ceiling is supported by timbers that run across the width of the ceiling, not the length. Therefore, it wouldn't matter how realistic our beams looked, people would still automatically know that Justin's project was 'faux' if he ran our beams from one end of his room to the other, instead of across the room. It's just an unspoken thing - people might not even be able to verbalize why the installation would look wrong, it just would. Proper placement ensured the faux beams mimicked how real exposed beams would appear. But, of course, Justin was smarter than that - and he researched how real structural beams would have appeared and then copied that configuration. As a result, his beams look congruent with the design of the home, and it's easy to believe that they're authentic, exposed timbers rather than aftermarket additions. It's a very simple difference, but one that makes all the difference - and why we argue that half of any faux beam installation is done before our products are even ordered; because planning is just as important as installation itself.