Faux Beam in Bonus Room


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Old 12-31-20, 06:20 AM
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Faux Beam in Bonus Room

First time DIYer, so please forgive me.

Iím considering installing a faux beam in a cathedral ceiling but want to ask fellow DIYers for some advice.

The cathedral ceiling is finished with popcorn ceiling and a ceiling fan hanging off of one side. This is the room above the garage and there is no other floor above.

I am interested in building a faux beam to install and try to relocate the ceiling fan to the middle(on the faux beam).

1. Is it safe to say that the cathedral ceiling is able to support two 2X6s stacked where I can screw the faux beam to the 2X6, and relocate the ceiling fan? Iíd say the length of the room is 15 feet or so.

2. Iím also thinking of installing shiplap to liven up the room. I would like to say that these projects are not adding too much extra weight to the trusses, but Iíd like a second opinion.

Thanks!
 
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Old 12-31-20, 06:28 AM
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I've added pairs of ceiling fans to several of my great rooms.

You probably want to make the fan installation separate from the beam otherwise the beam install will have to be more structural to support the fan.

Another option for beams, they make foam beams that so realistic you would never think they were not real, pretty simple to install, primarily glued with a few screws to hold in place till the glue dries.

I never had popcorn ceiling, it may have to come down to allow installation??
 
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Old 12-31-20, 06:38 AM
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I thought 2X6 planks across the top along the length of the ceiling wood would give me enough support for the wooden faux beams. Would that not be the case?
 
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Old 12-31-20, 07:09 AM
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Yes, that will work fine. Your biggest problem will be having enough wire. So you may need to move the fan as needed so that you have enough wire to reach your new box location, or you may need to run entirely new wire and move a junction box to an accessible location in the attic. After your 2x6 is up you will likely want to take a sanding sponge and run it along the 2x6 to sand off any popcorn texture that will be prevent the beam trim from contacting the ceiling.
 
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Old 12-31-20, 07:17 AM
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Thanks! Unfortunately there is no attic, above that is plywood and shingles.
 
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Old 12-31-20, 07:39 AM
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First thing you should do is take down the box and see how much wire you can pull.
 
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Old 12-31-20, 08:17 AM
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Thanks. Seeing itís a box if there isnít enough wire Iíll probably extend it and then cover the box up with the shiplap paneling.
 
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Old 12-31-20, 10:39 AM
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I am pretty sure that if you extend the wire you need to leave that junction accessible. That means splicing a new length of wire and leaving the junction box behind a removable plate or cover. Leaving it behind the shiplap is probably not acceptable or up to code.

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