08:09PM | 11/22/01
Member Since: 11/22/01
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What is a "tray" ceiling. Is a section of the ceiling lowered to create it...or is a section of the ceiling raised to create it? Are there any industry standards?


03:59AM | 11/25/01
Member Since: 11/16/01
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Cathleen,a tray in my neck of the woods will usually be a flat 12-24 inch ceiling extending from walls,then there is (usually)an angled section rising up to another flat ceiling.The angled part varies in degrees and widths.But somewhere around a 45 and @ 12".
BUT,there are other ways to get the same effect without intruding on the upstairs.You can "fir" down(1-2") the existing wall flat and carry this out the 2 feet.And then look for mouldings to cap that section off.Finish by throwing some wide crown at wall.And maybe one of those w/paper borders under your crown.
Also you can just use mouldings to create the effect.It glues/nails to ceiling again @2feet out(but you really need to play with that measure)and when getting to corners it can be connected by curved sections or squared out sections.
I did a whole house(BIG)with that pressed tin ceing stuff($$$$$).It got rather busy but there were some nice plainer bordering pcs. that could be used in that first flat section,again "cap" it off and leave cntr. smooth.Or throw one of those light fixture surrounds in center.Good luck,Brian


02:49AM | 11/26/01
Member Since: 11/22/01
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Thank you for your reply. My question originates in a concern that I have been misled. Any further information you may be able to give, sites or sources to refer me to would be helpful.

I contracted to have a house built by what I have been told is a very reputable company. This only after talking to other buyers and doing research on the company itself. Both a cathedral ceiling and a "tray" ceiling were offered as options in the Master bedroom. Having been in several models, by several builders, I presumed that the tray would RAISE a section of the ceiling, adding height and character. This is what I had seen in other models. I recently visited the construction site, to find that the "tray" is being created by Sloping off the corners of the ceiling DOWN into the room, covering any flat wall space above the windows. The builder also lowered the ceiling in the remainder of the bedroom, (so that it is lower than the adjacent bath and closet). Consequently, I find that I have paid extra money (for the "tray") only to reduce the size and sense of space in the room. The total height of the "tray" is 8 feet. The rest of the ceiling is now 9 inches LOWER. All the other ceilings on the floor are 8 feet high.
Any idea what my options may be at this point? No drywall has been put up yet.


01:29PM | 11/27/01
Member Since: 11/16/01
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Cathleen,is there living space over the room?
If so a tray is prolly not gonna happen.I'm a moulding NUT,so anything prohibiting me from runnin crown,friezes ect. at ceiling wall juncture isn't in the picture around here.It sounds like there was some confusion in the design/build process.Grab a Polaroid and go snap a few shots of what you want.Try to be VERY understanding of the contractor,but be sure you get across what you want.


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