A structural beam in this modern mountain home becomes a design feature with its unique, V-shaped form. The house has concrete floors and glass walls framed by loads of natural wood, bringing the outdoors in and opening the space to its stunning views.
Salvaging the structural beams from the former building allowed this entertainment pavillion to be built. It includes a wide-screen television, bar and refrigerator. The two banquette seats have storage areas underneath for entertainment supplies.
Large windows and doors create an open kitchen and dining area that seamlessly blend the indoors and out. Exposed black structural beams are a strong contrast against the white walls of the space, while an oversized kitchen island and sleek dining area make the space both family friendly and perfect for entertaining.
The two-story great room of this northwest contemporary home has a towering window wall and steel and exposed wood structural beams. The floating steel staircase was locally fabricated and is the centerpiece of the entry. A comfortable tufted sectional centers on the raw steel feature wall that houses the TV and 72-inch-long ribbon flame fireplace.
The homeowners wanted an open great room built for entertaining with a strong connection to the outdoors. The design team accomplished these goals with a custom-designed catwalk that opens the two-story space to the upstairs and 10-foot sliding glass doors that lead to a covered patio. A 26-foot structural beam crafted from steel ties in the upstair's perforated steel railing.
Pale stucco walls, exposed structural timbers and a beamed ceiling give this rustic bedroom a woodsy, lodge feel. A long desk tucked under the sunny windows serves as a small home office while Craftsman-style bronze and glass fixtures illuminate the space.
The second-story addition houses a home office and relaxed loft. The new structural ceiling beams were exposed and painted a crisp white, giving the space a refreshing luminosity. The extra-long window seat and arched windows overlook the backyard pool.
The 16-foot-wide dining space in HGTV's Dream Home 2014 feels voluminous thanks to 10-foot-high walls and a steeply-pitched ceiling featuring exposed structural beams. A wall of windows overlooks the front yard and floods the room with natural light. As interior designer Linda Woodrum chose fabrics for this room with a view, she was careful to stick with subtle patterns and solids that didn't compete with the outdoors. The flowy white draperies are mounted at the top of the wall in order to draw the eye up. A traverse rod operates on a pulley system to allow for easy adjustment.
The contrast between light stone and dark-stained wood brings design distinction to this Spanish living room. A tall stone fireplace ties in with the stone surround of the room's entryway, which features a dark-stained lintel that adds architectural interest as well as structural stability. Furnishings are neutral and slipcovered, adding to the room's casual vibe.
White cabinetry sets the tone for this sleek, bright kitchen. A boxed beam ceiling detail separates the kitchen from the breakfast nook and conceals a structural element the design team could not relocate.
A custom, built-in bookcase with a dark stained finish pops in this neutral California kitchen. The design team created a boxed beam detail on the ceiling to add architectural interest and conceal a structural element.
Young newlyweds were looking to transform their home into a chic, sophisticated space for both relaxation and entertaining friends and family.
The renovations were all about creating spaces for entertaining. The compartmentalized main living spaces were opened up with the help of a structural engineer. A bearing wall and two outdated columns were replaced by steel beams that fit into the ceiling system above, and the structural work continued all the way down to the footers in the basement. Designer Heather Garrett and her team worked decorative moulding around the new ceiling beams to make it appear as if they were always part of the home.
A rear doorway opens to the lush, rolling terrain of Martha's Vineyard. The pale wood finishes of this neutral great room give it an open and airy vibe that feels both rustic and contemporary. A split wood beam above the doorway adds character as well as structural support.
The room's soft color palette allows the structural elements to stand out. A large brick pass-through fireplace and exposed wood ceiling beams add rustic charm to this elegant bedroom. A sparkling gold chandelier adds a touch of glam to the whitewashed wood bed with muted blue bedding.
For structural reasons, the designers of this kitchen remodel had to keep this wall that leads into the dining room. To make it more interesting than sheetrock, and play off of the homeowners' love for all things industrial, they created custom steel panels and used reclaimed fir for the beam and post.
Young newlyweds were looking to transform their home into a chic, sophisticated space for both relaxation and entertaining friends and family. Designer Heather Garrett and her team's approach was to utilize materials that were both luxe and livable, taking into consideration pets and a baby on the way.
The renovations were all about creating spaces for entertaining. The compartmentalized main living spaces were opened up with the help of a structural engineer. A bearing wall and two outdated columns were replaced by steel beams that fit into the ceiling system above, and the structural work continued all the way down to the footers in the basement. Garrett and her team worked decorative moulding around the new ceiling beams to make it appear as if they were always part of the home.
Traditional furnishings anchored by a large traditional carpet form a cozy area for conversation and TV viewing in a great room with soaring proportions. A coffered ceiling is outlined by dark-stained beams that add warmth to the space. A wall of stacked glass serves as structural support while also providing panoramic lake views. An automated cabinet above the fireplace opens to reveal the TV.