Whether it is the musty smell of 100-year-old wood and dust, or the rustic Douglas-fir beams, the more time that I spend in the completely gutted In Law unit, the more I feel like the “urban barn” look will work well in this space. One thing, in particular, I have really been enjoying are the exposed wood beams in the ceiling. Unfortunately, only a portion of the ceiling has the original old-growth Douglas-fir joists, but they are really beautiful. So beautiful, in fact, that I’ve been thinking that we might keep them exposed. Here’s a picture for you…
I have a meeting tonight with the electrician, which should clarify how we can approach lighting the room. Once this is figured out we will know if we will need to cover the ceiling in drywall. If it is possible to get the lighting that I would like while keeping the beautiful wooden ceiling that would be ideal.
To give you a sense of what I’m thinking of, here are a few ideas I’ve found that show what a space can look like with exposed joists & beams.
In addition to the ceiling beams, we have the large wooden columns in the middle of the room. After consulting with the structural engineer, it sounds like we can potentially remove one of the two columns. Whether we keep them both, or only have one column in the room, I’m looking forward to sanding it down and sealing it to expose the natural beauty of the wood.