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Finish Carpentry Question -- Cased opening or not?

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Here is a picture of our future kitchen as seen from the family room. My builder is confused why we're not doing a cased opening to define the kitchen from the family room and designer thinks we should not do a cased opening.

The house is rather traditional so i would like some trim work (across the top beam ideally), but I also don't want wing walls or vertical trim work which will eat into my precious cabinet space on the window wall.

Any ideas? This is causing a design challenge between my builder and designer and I need a tie breaker!! :)

Keep the beams wrapped in drywall as pictured? or wrap the beams in some woodwork/trimwork? If you vote for adding trimwork how should I do the vertical trim?


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