Faux Beams for Service Chases
[Residential new build] Design is a ranch slab-on-grade, simple rectangular shape: “country ranch,” larger, open main rooms. I am trying to minimize the running of services within/through the outer walls. To-date I’ve been leaning toward utilizing a dropped ceiling (for branch distributions) and a main chase (as trunk, pretty much splitting the building lengthwise).
Services I plan to run:
– Electrical to outer walls (wiring to drop down where needed);
– PEX water lines for panel radiators (drop down walls where needed);
– ERV ducting (not yet decided on how I’ll bring them out into rooms);
– Overhead lighting (track/pendant lighting)
My wife had recently made a [yet another] comment about liking the look of exposed rafters/beams. I am firm about sticking to the design of flat ceiling (not sloped): non-conditioned attic. I’m seeing faux-beam-as-service-chase as a solution that could serve both our requirements, the physical and aesthetic requirements.
Has anyone else done this? If so, how well did/does it work? Details?
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