August 11, 2011
Joe and I have become very accustomed to an old house with low ceilings. The heights differ from room to room, but some of the rooms are just shy of eight feet. That means our tall friends have to be very careful when walking around. We have worked to expose beams and gain height wherever possible, and we are currently making some decisions about how we can gain some height in the work area of the new kitchen. Until recently, the plaster ceiling in that room was pretty decrepit. But when we ripped it down, we discovered some nice beams (excepting the one that a plumber cut into to accomodate a pipe...but that's a story for another day!). However, there is a lot of plumbing and wiring that needs to happen in this space, so we are working with Tom right now to figure out how we can keep the beams somewhat exposed, while hiding the ugly plumbing that needs to stay there.
A few ideas: shiplap that will cover the beams, but allow for a more streamlined look, or insulating between the beams and then plastering over the insulation, allowing for more beam to show (our preference, but far more complicated to pull off). The jury is still out, and Tom is working on ideas to make this more usable space (while trying to get get at least a few more inches of height out of it). Above is a picture of the current ceiling and kitchen.
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Rebecca I was just looking over the beams on the webcam and I must say they don't look great. They are fine structually from what I can see but as far as looks go I don't think it looks very good. Of course you could always have the beams boxed in with old growth wood that is available but I doubt you would like that look and you still might lose some head room. Then too if you didn't want this area painted it would look bad as you have osb covering the hole where the chimney was. Osb is fine and perfectly acceptable but doesn't look good unless it is covered in some way. I really think to have this look good you need to cover this with what we call in Maryland dry wall and a thin piece as they come in various thicknesses. Then to have even more room forget the plaster veneer which is usually done up there and just have it skim coated and painted. It will look great that way. Anyway that is my opinion. I am really looking forward to seeing the finished house. As for it being low in that area I wouldn't worry about it as you have plenty of head room in the new kitchen area. Perhaps you could put a couch in the area and your guests could watch you and your husband cook. Good luck to you!
Really appreciate the pictures..the Silva Brothers guys have been great about keeping the webcams on "active zones" but it's nice to get a peek around the corner.
WOW, what a great idea on the exposed beams but you might want to do a confab with that guy named TED BENSON? that did a few houses a few years back, he's got the knowledge and the equipment to marry new beams with old, and I'm shure he'll do a segment on the TV show....Do a search and see if he's still in biz... BTW, TOH running 2 projects on the same coast????? WHAT GIVES?????
Howdy Good People, greetings from Phoenix, AZ…this segment is proving fascinating for me from day one. Had to stop by and add a few compliments…to you folks directly…the blog is already a lovely addition to the entire TOH experience. You folks speak in clean, clear prose…stick to the topic…grant a whole bunch of strangers to get to know you two as people…and to share in a dream that so many of us have…having TOH folks take on our own dwellings…and leaving a wonderful place behind…that each of us would dearly love to walk into at the end of the work day.
Well done, continued success to you…and pray continue just as you are.
Some guy named Mike in Phx
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