Ceiling the deal: Coffers or Vault?

Here’s a design trick to file away in your brains: Never ever ignore the ceiling.  It’s often why tract houses can feel boring. It’s why many historic houses are so off-the-charts charming. And it’s something my clients and I spend a lot of time figuring out when building their homes. In each room — what are we doing to the ceiling?

When Tyson and I bought Camp Sterling, we had planned to raise the ceiling up a foot or two, but upon meeting with inspectors and contractors, we learned that we’ll need a new roof in 3-5 years. And by the time we’ve raised all the ceilings, it could be just as cost effective to take the whole roof off — so that’s what we will do.

Our ceiling plan is now wide open, and I’m of two minds.

The trend in Arcadia these days is the modern farmhouse – complete with beams and vaulted ceilings. Tyson and I have walked through some gorgeous remodels with peaks soaring high, like these:

Above: Clements Design

Above: Arcanum Architecture

Above: J. Banks Design Group

And I love to do the Arcadia farmhouse look for clients. But I’m more of a  modern traditional girl who wants to wake up in Paris in the 1940s, with no agriculture in sight. (Except perhaps for a country weekend – with lemonade and a picnic.)

Which brings me to my second idea – the coffered ceiling. We’d raise the ceiling height to 11′ and the coffers drop down from there. There are a couple of cool ways to do this — with MDF, with traditional framing, or with actual millwork. Either way, just add trim. Lots and lots of trim.

Which would you do?



Or coffered?

By | 2015-04-13T03:01:52+00:00 February 26th, 2015|Jaimee's Home Renovation|4 Comments

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  1. Lulu February 26, 2015 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    I’m with you, I have been loving the whole Rafterhouse farmhouse vibe around town these days. But you, my friend- I can’t see you lounging under anything other than the most fabulous coffered ceiling ever to be framed out in the last 10 years. Coffers are synonymous with Parisian chic in my mind, and you are as well so it’s a natural connection. Put me own for Team Coffer!

  2. Nancy Seay February 26, 2015 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Coffered fits your tradtional vision that you favor, so I would go with it!!!!

  3. Marlyse DeCesare February 27, 2015 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Coffered- very elegant!
    Vaulted w/rafters- more rustic chic!
    Your choice- love them both!

  4. Susan Crabtree March 3, 2015 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Be true to your style not the trend.

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