5 Ceiling Treatments

Even though it may not be the first thing you notice when you enter a room, the ceiling makes a big impact on how you perceive the space.  A well designed room should include careful study of how the ceiling is perceived.  Simple unadorned ceilings are fine as long as they fit the rooms they are above.  There is almost no limit to the design options available when considering the ceiling of a home.

When additional ceiling height is needed, […]

3 Beautiful Reclaimed Materials

There are a lot of reasons to use materials which have had a previous life.  They include puritan thriftiness, the desire to preserve the past, of course-green practices, but my favorite reason is their inherent beauty.  There is a patina, a softness that only time produces.  Occasionally we find wood materials or details which can be bought for a fraction of their newer counterparts, but generally there is a premium for antique products.  The premium is due to the […]

Living in the Eaves

When we first moved into our 1790’s home, I bumped my head many times on a sloping ceiling in the master bath.  I could not wait to change that situation. One of our first major additions/renovations included a full height master bath.  We still have a sloped ceiling in the new bath, but it starts at about 7’-0” and goes up from there.

Ideally the sloped ceiling starts high enough so that furniture easily fits against the walls of the […]

Low Ceilings, Old home-No Problem

Homes built before the advent of efficient heating systems and proper insulation often used fireplaces both as a source of heat and a place to cook.  Lower ceilings and smaller rooms were much easier to heat with fireplaces, therefore many period farmhouses were built with a seven-foot or so ceiling height.  Today, we can increase the insulation, install state of the art mechanical systems in these wonderful old homes, but we cannot raise the ceilings of most rooms without […]

By |July 14th, 2010|Categories: Miscellaneous, Renovations|Tags: , |23 Comments