How do I apply crown molding to my sunken living room properly?

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07-03-2012 02:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: crown moulding molding joining sunken living room endings finishing height beams holes different styles ceiling question

We’re renovating our place which features a sunken living room. Problem is…the ceiling is also lowered, and there’s an opening on wall, and a concrete construction beam (outlined in red ) that runs over it. We want to put crown moldings into the living room that are about 5” tall, but don’t know what is the best way to “end” the molding when it reaches the upper living room, or how to finish over the 3ft wide opening, because the beam is only 3” lower than the lowered ceiling.
Our contractor suggested lowering the height of the whole beam so we can just run the 5” molding over it, but we figured it would look pretty wierd because the hole does not extend to the sunken level, it will have a railing. The wall with the hole is completely flat; no nooks or crannies to hide the ends. A completely separate door-frame is also kind of not possible, because there is no ledge to rest it on,
We’re now thinking of putting some kind of block on either side of the hole and running a completely different 3” molding just over the hole. Will this be hideous?

Please give me some advice!

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#1 posted 07-03-2012 04:05 PM

Hi and welcome to lumberjocks.
Sorry, your’e at the wrong place. is lumberjocks building, renovating place.

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#2 posted 07-03-2012 04:36 PM

Thanks Alexandre for tipping me off. I posted here as I saw a similar post by somebody else but I guess I’ll try the other place to get some replies. :)

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#3 posted 07-03-2012 05:25 PM

You miught be able to carry the 3” modling throughout and wherever it jumps up to allowable space change the profile to a built up crown or something. Its kind of hard to say without some pics though. I dont think moving a concrete beam would be the best of ideas to allow for just the trim work.

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#4 posted 07-03-2012 06:12 PM

Possibly a molding that is proud of the 5” molding and resembles a top casing over the opening. It can contain a few carving details or rosettes or curved buttons or dentil-like details. In any case, it complements the 5” molding and acts as an integrating factor for the opening.

Similar things can be done at a corner where the moldings are not at the same height. A raised block on the corner can transition between the moldings. Also “returning” the moldings to the walls and ceilings with 90 degree mitered ends looks good.

Hope this helps.

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#5 posted 07-03-2012 09:18 PM

Rich is correct. A return can be cut and put in pl;ace with a little care (90 degree end). These are used often and look attactive also.

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#6 posted 07-05-2012 11:30 AM

Hi guys,
Thanks a bunch for the suggestions! I’ll bring them up with my contractor and see what he says. :)

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