|Original tongue & groove ceiling, height 8' 9".|
That's an old fashioned light fixture in the middle.
|Dan dropped the ceiling 9 in. to put in an exhaust fan. New ceiling is 8 ft.|
|Plywood, to be covered with...|
|Styrofoam ceiling tiles. They're|
lightweight, cheap, and simply glued up.
|First tile was centered over the fan duct.|
|We worked out from there.|
|Seams are caulked, then the tiles are primed and painted.|
|Crown moulding was next|
On the plus side, the ceiling tiles were inexpensive (less than $4 apiece) and required no special tools to install. The job could easily be done by one person. It adds insulation to the ceiling and can make an ugly, stained ceiling look really good.
On the negative side, styrofoam (polystyrene) is a petroleum product. It is especially frowned upon in one time disposable products, such as restaurant take-out containers because, like all petroleum products, it is not biodegradable.
For the ceiling though, it was a good option. And because the tongue and groove ceilings in both bedrooms are in pretty bad shape, this may be the best solution for them as well. One problem with T&G is that over time, the individual boards shrink and are not air tight. I can't help but wonder if dust and the blown-in insulation from the attic doesn't sift down through them. Those rooms are still down the road and for now, I'm happy with how the bathroom is coming along.