Beamed ceilings needn't make life uncomfortable

Batt insulation, drywall can bring relief from temperature swings

Q: I have exposed 8-inch beams throughout the house and no attic. Is there some kind of attractive insulation I can put between the beams, not more than 4 inches thick, that will give me the maximum amount of insulation with the least thickness?

A: We don’t know of any insulation that you can just tack up between the beams and have it look like anything but what it is — cobbled together. But with a few more steps, we do have a good solution to give you much-needed insulation and an attractive ceiling.