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removing non-load interior wall

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07-18-06, 08:01 AM   #1  
removing non-load interior wall

We are beginning a kitchen renovation. Currently, the kitchen and dining room are separated by a wall, 10 ft long, that extends perpendicular from the back wall of the house. We will be removing this wall to make one large room. It has been verified that this is not a load-bearing wall. However, we have a textured plaster ceiling (applied over sheetrock)throughout the house, and the kitchen, dining room, living room and hallway ceilings all connect with no divide. We will be adding recessed lights and making other modifications to the kitchen ceiling. We will then sheetrock over the texture in the kitchen. We do not want to add to the project by having to fix all of the ceilings in the rooms that connect with the kitchen, so, we want to put a beam across where the wall is now. That will replace the cutout in the ceiling from the old wall, and allow us to sheetrock just the kitchen ceiling area behind it. The span across the room is 15', and we'd want to conceal the support studs in the walls on either side.
What type of beam? Can I use 2 x 6 or 2 x 8 lumber to form a beam? I-joists? Any advice is appreciated.


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07-18-06, 06:15 PM   #2  
Since you don't have an issue with load bearing, you could use any of the dimensions you suggested, or make a really nice beam of 1x cedar. Lay in a 2x6 the length of the opening and make a box with a bottom and sides, where the sides protrude below the bottom about 3/16" for a shadow line. Nail the "box" to the 2x6 from the side. Stain the cedar or leave it be.

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07-18-06, 08:07 PM   #3  
Leave either a single or both top plates and sleve it with the same naterial which the cab. are made and either stain or paint.

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07-31-06, 03:34 PM   #4  
Just a decorative boxed beam would suffice. Paint or stain as you see fit.

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