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Q: coffered ceilings ( No Answer,   7 Comments )
Subject: coffered ceilings
Category: Family and Home
Asked by: kfier-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 07 Oct 2005 12:23 PDT
Expires: 06 Nov 2005 11:23 PST
Question ID: 577651
how to center a coffered ceiling over a bay window

Clarification of Question by kfier-ga on 18 Oct 2005 15:49 PDT
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: coffered ceilings
From: myoarin-ga on 07 Oct 2005 19:08 PDT
I think we need some more information.  Is the coffered ceiling only
within the area of the bay window (which seems unusual to me), or is
it a problem of finding a grid for the coffering of the ceiling of the
whole room that allows a centering on the bay window (which seems like
a proper solution)?  Or something else?
In any case, we need some dimensions:  the width and depth of the
ceiling of the bay window, plus the dimensions of the room and the
distance of the bay window to one corner of the room.
It could be an interesting problem, but one that can be solved.
Subject: Re: coffered ceilings
From: gregg65-ga on 16 Oct 2005 12:53 PDT
Think of it in terms of the same problems of centering tiling around a
window in the middle of a wall or decorative floor tiles around a
Hopefully you have not done the rest of the ceiling and only now
reached an impasse when you've reached the bay window.  As with the
other projects, you want to start work at your focal point and move
outward from there.  Usually you will want to center the middle of a
tile on the middle window (rather than centering a seam) and work out
from there.
If you've already done the rest of the room.  It will depend on what
problems you've created with spacing.  May I recommend a neutral strip
between the room and the ceiling above the bay window and then the use
of a totally different tile within the bay as your "excuse" for the
different treatment.  A smaller tile in the same color or interspersed
with subtlely different colored tiles could work beautifully.  Often
people plan to do bay windows this way in the first place.
Good luck with your project.
Subject: Re: coffered ceilings
From: myoarin-ga on 17 Oct 2005 20:17 PDT
Are you still around, or have you solved the problem?
Subject: Re: coffered ceilings
From: kfier-ga on 18 Oct 2005 14:16 PDT
No--sorry I am still here. Where we live, there is a teacvhers strike
nad I have a house full of teen-age boys UGH!!!
THis is the situation, we hired a contractor to build this ceiling in
July.  We went over everything, spacing of lights , beams, etc.  He
was a friend of my husbands, who also has a consturction company.  He
was goign to build new cabinets, a mantle, and this ceiling for us.  I
wanted him to do the ceiling first, so we would see how well we worked
together, and the quality of his work.  He bid the quoted the ceiling
at 1,600 - 2,300 and would take 3-5 days. He asked for payment for
supplies, and since we were going to be going away, he would start
work on our cabinets, but not installation of cabinets, just ceiling.
He thought the cabinets, and mantle  would cost 20, -25,000.  We gave
him $3,500 as a downpayment for ceiling and materials. He did the
ceiling, but didn't place the lights where we agreed, and the beams
are off of the bay window
in unequal distance. (picture 2)  When you walk into this room, the
bay window is what you see first.  Then he planed the wood
incorrectly, (he told me this) so you have lines and bumps thru out
the beams.(picture 3)  In addition, the beams are cracking.  THere is
a gap of 1.5' in one beam and the ceiling. (picture 4)
Subject: Re: coffered ceilings
From: myoarin-ga on 18 Oct 2005 17:50 PDT
Thanks, I got the pictures.  Sorry about the poor worksmanship.  He WAS a friend?

I am missing the overall picture, but do you want to rip this work out
and start from scratch with a new ceiling?
IF so, with the measurements I suggested, I am sure something could be
planned.  It looks as though you are wanting a grid of 3 or 4 ft,
starting with beams around the edges of the ceiling  - which could be
a little broader to adjust for the room's dimensions not being a
multiple of your desired grid.  Hope you understand.
Let us know.
(What a darned nuisance!  Remodeling is a fright to live with, even if
everything goes as planned ...)
Subject: Re: coffered ceilings
From: kfier-ga on 20 Oct 2005 05:58 PDT
THanks for the help.  I really, really, really don't want to have to
start this over again.  My stove and refrig, are being delivered next
week.  We have oak floors that need to be redone and new cabinets that
are suppossed to go in this weekend.  Is there anyway to salvage this
ceiling?  Do you think putting a buldhead voer the bay window would
help it at all?  I want to cry.
THanks for your help.
Subject: Re: coffered ceilings
From: myoarin-ga on 20 Oct 2005 14:05 PDT
HI Kim, I can very much appreciate your plight.
Maybe I missed it, but I did not find a picture on which I could see
the bay window.  Maybe you omitted linking the picture you meant, if
not, tell me the "picture" no at the end of the link  - or maybe you
can add a new picture, preferably at a distance, showing a couple of
the coffers and the ceiling of the whole bay window area.  There will
be some solution.

I know how frustrating it is to have one's concept of the ideal not
realized in practice, but my experience is that most people don't

I hope I can help, Myoarin

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