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add drop ceiling to Eichler-style kitchen?

Posted by livinginniles (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 10, 13 at 1:33

Help, please. My kitchen will be gutted and fully remodeled this fall (yeah!) -- as part of the reno I will have an externally vented range-hood mounted under the cabinet above the new cooktop; naturally the existing vent hole in the ceiling is in the wrong spot -- close but no cigar. To cover things up and not look too "weird" one contractor who's bidding the job suggests adding a drop ceiling to the immediate kitchen area only. Would this ruin the aesthetic of my 1955 home? I should add that I do NOT want to see the range-hood duct work; it will be hidden behind cabinets or -- way up high - behind sheet rock. Your thoughts, please! Thank you! Nancy

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RE: add drop ceiling to Eichler-style kitchen?

Eliminate him from the job immediately. He has no feel for design and wants the easiest route possible for him There are other ways of running duct. Like taking the cabinets to the ceiling and running the duct through the top shelf of the cabinet.

Bring your layout over to the Kitchen Forum and we will help you with the layout and the details. And we'll help to to keep the aesthetic alive!

RE: add drop ceiling to Eichler-style kitchen?

Thank you, live_wire_oak -- I will repost to the kitchen forum as you suggested. I have hard copies of the plans but have not yet had them scanned -- soon!


RE: add drop ceiling to Eichler-style kitchen?

Please dont add a drop ceiling! Your kitchen (and house) look like they have amazing potential! I am jealous of your ceiling height and design. You should not alter it.

RE: add drop ceiling to Eichler-style kitchen?

Thank you, everyone!! I can assure you all that we will NOT be adding a drop ceiling :). Can't imagine that I actually entertained such an idea!! I will have the plans scanned and upload them for further comment -- there are several design challenges but the range hood issue/ceiling issue is the biggest.

RE: add drop ceiling to Eichler-style kitchen?

Definitely keep the '50s ceiling. In fact, you might want to consider going the whole or part retro look. So much better than the typical meh that most home decor inspires.

I wouldn't be so hard on the contractor. He's not a designer. Don't expect him or her to be one.

RE: add drop ceiling to Eichler-style kitchen?

See The Atomic Ranch for further information on these iconic '50s homes.

I've lived in and around ground zero of this style--Don Mills, Ontario--since 1987. Due to economics, I've been among the "monster builders" demolishing homes like these just west of Don Mills. What was a distant suburb is now at the centre of the region and home to a much changed demographic than the homes were originally designed to accommodate.

Here's a recent bucks unlimited re-imagining of one these homes--despite the tongue-in-cheek headline dubbing it a "sprucing up."

A Don Mills original. Source: Toronto

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