06:16AM | 03/05/03
Member Since: 03/04/03
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Ok, so my problem is this....My husband and I can see in our head and somewhat on paper how we would like to build a tray ceiling in our great room BUT instead of the drywall going all the way to the ceiling of the room, we would like to have at least a 5-6" gap between the angle of the drywall and the ceiling. We would like to install lighting within the "soffit" and create a beautiful uplighting effect to on the ceiling. Our problem is actually figuring out HOW to do this. We know how far out from the wall we'd like to go, we know we want to angle the drywall slighting to the center of the room as opposed to having it straight (up and down) but our problem is figuring out how to support the angle. My only thought is to use a joist hanger to connect the angled 2x4's to the wall so there is no sagging but I'm not too sure that is going to work.
I am not having any luck finding information on the web which illustrates how to do this.
If anyone can help me out I would truly be appreciative.


08:41AM | 03/05/03
Member Since: 10/15/02
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I am not sure I understand or can I picture your idea. I have used gutter to hold lamps for up lighting with great success and rather inexpensive just an idea I would like to share.


06:01PM | 03/05/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
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Just make a purlin?


01:34AM | 03/06/03
Member Since: 03/04/03
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I guess an easier way for me to explain it would to describe it as being a shelf around the entire room with a "lip" on it.
That would probably be a lot easier to do it that way because it wouldn't be as heavy, but because we have a duct situation on the other side of the wall which will we can not move we thought it best to even things out. We have to install a paralam beam and two concrete filled lally colums in which we will cover with decorative columbs, and I think it would look "off" if we didn't extend the other side. This "soffit/tray ceiling" needs to extend at least 13 inchest away from the wall and the angle would have to be at least 10 inchest high as well.
We did consider using pieces of 2x4 spaced about every 6 feet to support the top of the "lip" to the ceiling and then cover with drywall as a means for support but I really didn't want any obstruction from the flow of the light. Maybe we could go that route and do some decorative trim work.
My husband and I have done many home improvement projects over the years and this one really has us baffled.


02:25AM | 03/06/03
Member Since: 03/04/03
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As silly as this is, I've thought of a way to try and "show" you what we're going for:

_____________ ceiling

_____/ "soffit w/lip".

^The lighting would be within that space.

Mark Hammond

05:52AM | 03/06/03
Member Since: 05/09/01
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Hi Rosie,
It seems like you are going back and forth quite a bit here. I would like to try and help but will need some pics of the room and some of your concept drawings. Can you send them to me? Seeing a project is more often than not the best way to start. Just send them to [email protected]


06:10AM | 03/07/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
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You have to take the upper ceiling joists of the tray to bearing. The lowers will be modified to match the span & carry the new loads of the joists that were cut.

So.. all you do is place purlins for the angled section of the tray. You'll need to block at some point where the purlin plates run parallel to the existing joists.

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