Ever try to fit furniture into a space that’s too small? When so challenged….something’s got to give. If it’s not the furniture, then it’s the space. The latter was the case when a client asked us to raise the ceiling height of their living room to accommodate an heirloom grandfather clock. The catch: only a small portion of the ceiling height directly above the clock was modified. Check out the photos below to see how Connolly Construction Co. did it.
After laying out the future location of the clock on the floor with masking tape, the old sheetrock ceiling directly above the tape outline was removed. A ceiling joist was in the way and had to be “headered off” to create a big enough open space in the raised ceiling. The structural strength of the framing lumber was augmented with engineered steel hardware and fasteners to ensure the load carrying capacity of the second floor was not diminished. Next, trim lumber was attached on an angle to the new framing lumber, to which new sheetrock was attached, taped and fininished. Essentially, a mini tray ceiling was created directly above the future clock location.
View of the “tray” ceiling as it is being finished with sheetrock compound.
Another view of the ceiling as new compound cures on the tape.
View of the “tray” after the first coat of paint.
View of the completed tray ceiling seamlessly integrated with the old ceiling.
Side view of the grandfather clock “fit” into place.
Front view of the heirloom in its final resting place.