AN ELLIPTIC CEILING
Our client wants his bedroom framed with an elliptic ceiling. Fortunately I find rafters and ceiling joists in the attic. We have never done this before, but like so many of our projects, we are not afraid to tackle tasks that even angels dare not take on! :)
The owner gives us a rudimentary sketch. My son renders a design on-site on his lap top. We re-frame the ceiling and install profiled “ribs” on all rafters. We apply a layer of ½” thick, flex-plywood. Over this I lay self-adhering mesh (used in exterior EIFS applications). I follow up with a synthetic stucco base coat. Then I apply an intermediate coat. I pay special attention to the inside corners of the ellipse. A final coat of “pseudo plaster” is applied. The owner is asked to give his input at all stages, so that the end product meets his expectations. The ceiling is primed and painted. A ceiling tray hides a rope of lights that cast a twilight glow on the ceiling…perfect for falling asleep!
Our happy customers hands us two bottles of beer, and we toast the successful completion of a difficult job.
Mel Fros froscarpentry.com