Here's a kitchen remodel idea that's simple, subtle and stylish. Gerard Williams shared these pictures of his recent kitchen transformation - which included the strategic use of one of our Custom Timber Beams in Rich Walnut. Gerard hired a crew for a complete renovation - new cabinets, granite countertops, appliances etc - transitioning from outdated and generic to a clean new look reminiscent of the New England style that is increasingly popular for kitchens these days. The beam over the breakfast bar looks simply elegant But even with all the stylish new accoutrements, something was missing - which is why Gerard had ordered the Custom Timber Beam. He placed it in the gap between the kitchen and the dining room above the breakfast bar. The beam neatly covered the ceiling between the two spots, and light fixtures were installed through its hollow center, to illuminate the counter. It's a simple, singular addition that makes a big impact. The contrast of the white cabinets and the dark Rich Walnut finish makes the beam look like authentic exposed timber for added rustic character. BEFORE The remarkable thing to Gerard was how quick and easy it was to install the beam. The first step was simply measuring the space that the beam needed to cover, and ordering one in the correct size. Because our beams are molded from lightweight polyurethane foam, it was simple enough to trim the ordered beam to fit with a regular wood saw. Next, Gerard drilled wooden mounting blocks into the ceiling studs to hold the beam. As the beam is hollow and u-shaped, it was a simple case of slotting it over the mounting blocks, and then securing with wood screws. AFTER But the clever part were the light fixtures. Gerard drilled holes in the beam - again, using nothing more sophisticated than a regular power drill - and fed the cables for the lights through so they appeared to be attached to the beam itself. The remarkable thing is that light fixtures like this wouldn't be possible with a real timber beam. It's one of those common occurrences in which our faux is actually better than the 'real thing' - and offers much more versatility. And once installed? They look just as realistic and stylish as actual timber. It's a simple, straightforward project - but we all think it looks great. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.