Transoms offer an attractive way to add interest and bring much-appreciated daylight into homes, but they also increase the cost of a project because they require rooms with ceiling heights of 8 feet or higher and the budget for the transoms themselves. View the slide show to see some ideas for creating a similar look more cost-effectively.

—Mark Wyatt is the president and founder of Wyatt Drafting & Design, in Warsaw, Ind.

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