We’re blessed with beautiful original beams at The Barn and we love the character and warmth they bring to the space. In the parlour the beams are an ecclectic mix of different woods, with pieces added to strengthen the construction, telling the story of the house in wood and metal.
But one particular beam in the parlour has been giving us a headache – literally! The archway between the parlour and the kitchen was incredibly low and we had to duck underneath whenever we walked through it. In the hustle and bustle of family life we often forgot and OUCH!
It was becoming a health hazard so we decicded that we had to find a solution that would work both for us and for The Barn. It’s important whenever you start planning a project like this to know what you’re dealing with, so we worked with our contractor – RE Butler – to understand how the existing arch was constructed and establish how it could be modified safely. They confirmed with some preliminary investigations that the support strutt in the picture below could be removed and we decided on a new archway that would give us the height we needed without compromising on the aesthetics of The Barn.
Removing the heavy oak beam that ran across the original archway was a big job. It was a bit sad to see it go but the resulting height is wonderful.
If you’re a regular reader here you’ll know how important it is to us to reuse original elements of The Barn during our remodelling work whever we can – such as repurposing the original mezzanine into a stunning 12-seater dining table. In this instance we didn’t have any wood that was suitable for remaking the arch but we used reclaimed oak that is in keeping with the history and style of the space.
Have you remodelled an area of your house that you didn’t like? Leave me a note and a link in the comments – I’d love to see it!