Recently, I did a post about the new Big Beam going in the grand foyer. It was held aloft by a small forest of temporary columns.


But no more!!!!!!!!

But no more!!!!!!!! Incredible! I am gobsmacked! This is the first time the grand foyer has been fully free of temporary columns in almost two years.



While it is great that this huge structural issue is resolved at long last, now I have a big ugly beam in my foyer. However, I am going to encase it in 1/4-sawn oak. The adjacent stair has two details I am going to copy. One is this reeded detail…



…and the other is this rounded corner detail. All this will be copied…



…to finish the Big Beam sorta like this. If all goes well, the beam should look totally original, rather than like some horror I invited into my lovely home. If all goes well.




  1. ken on April 12, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    That will look very nice Ross. The details will make the beam seem a seamless addition.

  2. audrey B on April 13, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    The wood, the light, the wide expanse of space all contribute to a beautiful entrance. I like the peek at those beveled glass doors and that stained glass from the inside. I think your covered beam is going to be a great fix.

  3. Derek W on April 14, 2016 at 11:09 am

    That looks like a good fix! A breath of relief to get those columns down. I like the proposed detailing, and think that would look great.

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