Laminated veneer lumber and glued laminated timber are two materials used for structural beams in place of solid wood. LVLs (for short) and glulam are more dimensionally stable than solid wood, and their spanning capabilities are a bit higher, too. Plus, they're cheaper and more eco-friendly than traditional heavy timber (or steel, for that matter!). What's really cool is when you spot LVLs or glulam beams exposed on the interior of a home. Here, we've collected a few examples to share:
They're a bit imperfect with their many layers of built-up wood, but that adds to their texture and character. We think LVLs and glulam lend a warm-yet-industrial feeling wherever they're exposed. Like the look but aren't building a new home anytime soon? Check out this mirror from Etsy's This Century Modern!
1. Exposed LVLs in a house from 2-Form Architecture.
2. Exposed glulam in a project from the Urban Improvement Company.
3. In a home from Hudson Passive Project.
4. Curved LVL beams in a bedroom by David Johnston Architects.
5. Mirror from This Century Modern.
(Images: as linked above)