Budgeting Your Box Beam Project

Budgeting Your Box Beam Project

When you remodel your home, you shouldn’t overlook the ceiling. You can do a lot more with it than decide to add texture or leave it smooth. One of the most popular options that can give your ceiling some high-end style is adding box beams. These look like structural ceiling beams, but they are hollow on the inside. Instead, the beam is constructed of four pieces of wood, creating a box. The method reduces the risk of warping after a few years like solid-wood beams can do, and it also makes the beams less expensive than solid-wood beams.

If you are thinking about adding box beams to your home, there are several things to consider before making your final choice. Here are just a few of the things that can influence your budget, affecting the choice you make:

Type of Wood

You can select box beams in just about any type of wood. However, some types will cost more than others. For example, poplar and cedar beams are both beautiful options – and cedar has the added benefit of a lovely smell – but both are more expensive than alder beams, which also has a beautiful finish. You should choose a wood that will complement the décor of your home and provide the longevity that you want, but you should also be conscious of the cost as you make your selection.

Size of Beam

Of course, the bigger the beam you need, the more wood it will require and the more expensive it will be. Smaller rooms like a bathroom or guest bedroom may be quite easy to finish on a budget.

However, if you are looking at a great room – where beams will make a beautiful impact – you will need larger beams and a larger budget. The width and depth of the beam will also increase the cost. If you are redesigning a larger room, you may want to pick shallower or thinner beams to save a bit on cost without having to compromise the look.

Jointing Required

Constructing box beams requires a lot of jointing. The four pieces of wood must be jointed to create the beam, and those beams must be jointed to fit together in the style you choose for the ceiling. Adding routed edges or choosing intricate designs can all increase the price. Certain styles of wood, like alder, also require more jointing, which can increase the price. Talking with a box beam specialist at Woodland Custom Beam Company can help you understand the complexities of jointing and how this can influence your bottom line.


You have many choices for the style of box beams, such as a reclaimed or hewn look, which is more rustic and natural. However, these specialized styles can also cost more money. When wood is treated or distressed to look reclaimed or hewn, it requires more work to prepare. That extra work translates into more money. You don’t have to forego getting the style you want – you just may have to save for a little longer before you get it, and you should be prepared for this possibility.

Woodland Custom Beam Company offers many options for box beams to help you get the style you want at a price you can afford. We specialize in poplar, cedar and alder beams, and we offer many sizes and styles, including rustic looks. All of our beams are made from real wood, not pressed board, and are hand-crafted, not sent through a machine. Custom orders are available to help you get the exact look you want. We are based in Arizona but are able to ship box beams to anywhere in the country.

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Woodland Custom Beam CompanyWoodland Custom Beam Company
4107 E. Ashler Hills Drive
Cave Creek, Arizona 85331

Office: 480-575-6758
Fax: 480-575-2716
Website: http://woodlandbeam.com

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