As a builder, I love helping my customers add both style and function to their homes—especially when it comes in the form of accents and details that aren’t usually found in mass-produced neighborhoods. While I’ve already touched upon things like skylights, stair cases, and unique fireplace options, I think there’s something to be said about getting creative with ceilings.
While the most familiar, cheap, and easy option is the standard popcorn ceiling, there are an abundance of options available to homeowners who are looking to add a little something extra to their space.
HAVE A PLAN
When it comes to either building your dream home or renovating what you already have, my first piece of advice always revolves around making a plan. When you’re imagining what you want the finished product to look like, it’s important to start by considering the ultimate purpose of the room in question. For example, if you’re looking to add a bit of luxury and class to a formal dining room, a touch of crown molding may be in order; however, if you’re looking to improve on the functionality of the room, then ceiling lighting or skylights may be a better option.
CHOOSE YOUR STYLE
Just like planning, understanding the type of look you’re hoping to achieve will help move the process along. If you’re going for a rustic, outdoorsy feeling, then exposed wood beams will make for a beautiful addition, just as exposed pipes may bring a bit of architectural intrigue to a modern, urban home.
DON’T BE AFRIAD OF INTERESTING SHAPES
Yes, it might seem odd to state that you should consider alternate, interesting ceiling shapes when most rooms are in the square family; however, if you’re looking to make a few large changes, you might want to put some serious thought into going a different direction. Enhanced ceiling shapes generally include: vaulted ceilings, cathedral ceilings, tray ceilings, cove ceilings, and a shed (which is similar to a half-cathedral ceiling).
WHO DOESN’T LOVE ACCENTS?
If you’re not looking to go all-out by adding natural wood beams or by directly changing the layout of your ceiling, accents are a great option. One of the easiest ways to achieve a change without making things too complicated is to paint your ceiling in a color that will add a new dimension to the room—i.e. darker paint shades will bring warmth to a high ceiling. Additionally, never underestimate the effect of molding and trim, or the variety of available texture options such as wood paneling or stucco.
In the end, as you make your plan, don’t forget to set your budget. While it may seem feasible to pay for the renovation itself, make sure you consider the hidden costs, such as the elevated power bill that may accompany your cathedral ceiling, or the cumbersome task of maintaining a complex lighting system that’s out of your reach.
Mirko Attolini | CRES Builders, Inc. | www.cresbuilders.com | 770-983-4698