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We’re currently designing out a full new custom home build and we are so excited to be sharing the process with you guys along the way. The design theme we’re going for within this new home is a modern farmhouse style with an eclectic twist – a lot of modern elements, patterned tiles, pops of color and natural wood elements throughout.
It’s no secret that we love to add texture and dimension to ceilings within our designs. It’s also no secret that farmhouse design is in, and it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
The farmhouse style doesn’t have to be your overall favorite design style to incorporate it into your home. A little wood goes a long way for adding dimension, color and texture. It can be something as simple as wood beams or a reclaimed mantle. We love the natural wood look and use it as much as our clients will let us. Modern Farmhouse is what we like to call it… taking the wood and mixing it with white quartz countertops and light cabinetry. You don’t have to go all out and can simply have soft touches throughout.
We work with clients with all sorts of styles and budgets. And we’re always reminding our clients that finishing selections are what determine the budget. Sometimes when the budget doesn’t allow for the scope of work, we have to sacrifice the real deal with certain faux finishings, which sometimes means even better quality. For wood, going faux means you don’t have to worry about the complications that can come from using real wood, like warping.
To be honest, if you have high ceilings when it comes to the beams, we lean towards and encourage our clients to use faux wood beams. They’re usually so high up on a ceiling that no one is going to knock, touch, or feel them and to the eye, they look like the real thing for a fraction of the price! Going faux can allow you to achieve the look you want without breaking the bank. Not to mention, Jamie prefers the ease of the lightweight installation.
And how crazy real do these look?!
We were recently introduced to The Barron Designs family business and we couldn’t be more excited to partner up and work with them.
Once we narrow down selections with our clients, we always order samples to see if it’s the same color and quality in real life as it looked like online.
They’ve made the process so easy. We picked out a few color samples – Rough Hewn Wood Beam, Custom Recessed Smooth Beam, and Rustic Ceiling Beam – and we received our samples within a week. Not only does this company have FauxWoodBeams.com™ , but they also carry FauxPanels.com®.
These are quality products designed to be lightweight and easy to install. They are also cost effective and realistic in appearance – just as they are portrayed on the website.
They educated us on their products, and we learned that they make high density polyurethane foam reproductions of stone, rock, brick, wood and more that are molded from the real thing for a hyper-realistic quality, without all of the hassles and costs of the real thing.
Along with this particular new home build, a few other clients are dabbling with the idea of placing wood beams into a handful of ceiling designs. I have to admit, now that I’ve seen these, I’m thinking of putting them in my own home!
Our home has really tall 15 ft. ceilings so we’ve been wanting to incorporate something fun. When Jamie held them up for me to get the overall look, I now can’t imagine our home without them! It was the perfect touch.
What do you guys think?
There are many advantages of using polyurethane products over natural wood. Here are some of them: Lightweight, Easy Handling, Earth Friendly, Won’t Rot, Termite-Proof
- Polyurethane beams are non-toxic.
- Do not use CFC’s in our manufacturing process.
- Do not use Formaldehyde in our manufacturing process.
- Beams that are made out of polyurethane do not emit toxic gasses or vapors.
- Preventing trees from getting cut down.
- Use water (H20) based stains and finishes.
- Sophisticated manufacturing machinery prevents waste material in manufacturing.
- All out products are 100% free of ozone depleting chlorofluorocarbons.
You can also check out their website for a step-by-step how-to instructions, along with some video tutorials, on how to install, maintain and work with their products.
We can’t wait to move forward with them and share with you guys the process and behind the scenes along the way, from how we install to some fun before/after projects. Stay tuned…