It’s good to know a variety of building ideas to draw from as you design your dream home. Box beams are hollow, nonstructural members made from ¾” plywood or solid wood. They add a beautiful look that can dress up an otherwise boring ceiling without too much time, cost and labor. You could build box beams with recycled wood for virtually free. Sometimes box beams are used to hide ugly steel beams, but usually they’re added just for aesthetics. You can add crown molding and extra trim if you want to make the ceiling extra nice. (It’s easy to make custom trim on an improvised router table.) The photos above offer a glimpse of design possibilities. If you’re interested in learning more, search Google Images for lots more info.
Image source: Levanna Restoration Lumber (reclaimed/salvaged wood looks great! And be sure to check out their gallery page.)
Image source: 5th Wall Designs (lots of good photos and ideas on their site)