Beam is in! Why did we randomly put a beam in our livingroom you ask. Let me recite some knowledge I have recently attained.... Our livingroom spans 15 feet, our house is built with 2x6's (I think... I will double check that) and in today's codes if you use the size of wood we used you should only span 10 feet. We noticed the bedroom above the livingroom was slightly bowed and plus we are adding a bathtub above this ceiling... so the beam was a must. We are slowly raising the beam, but can already tell the floor feels more sturdy and level.
Eventually we will work the beam into the decor of the livingroom by covering it with trim and adding some fake ones... but for now this is it: