Home Renovation – The Ceiling
“And then I blinked and April & May disappeared. Absolutely no progress was made on the project.”
But, I was expecting that and now that May was coming to an end, we started to feel the pressure piling back on to get back on track. While we were off on the actual schedule, I still felt we could make up time. Time to get to it…
Getting started is the hardest thing in all projects and this was no different. I re-setup the room and re-checked my saw settings. After putting up one piece of the top beam, we realized that we would need it to be thicker for things to line up right in the end. So, after a trip to home depot, we restart.
That wasn’t too bad, but then we spent lots of hours on figuring out the first rip angle and calculating how things should progress. It basically took about a day to get one row up.
Over the next couple of weekends, we found our groove. My wife was the brains and I was the brawn. While I understood the pattern and calculations, once we did the first couple of rows, I never had to think about it again. She would just mark the boards with a sticker and I would cut.
That is not to say it was a piece of cake, rather the opposite. This was one of the hardest things we’ve done yet. First, despite that we sorted all of the wood at Home Depot into piles of good, bad & ugly, taking up the entire aisle, we still had boards that were not so straight. Secondly, the room is not perfectly square and even, particularly the height that the joists reach down making for a slightly wavy ceiling (you can only see it when you are up there). It took a lot of muscle and tweaking slide in and mount each plank. On top of that, working above your head made for some extremely sore shoulders, not to mention the going up and down on the ladders.
I might make a separate post with the details on how this was all put together because it is a pretty interesting project. But for now, here is what the aftermath of the room looked liked when we were done.
And, here is what we paid for with blood, sweat and tears.