Deep Dive: More Changes

For the last several months, even while I've been unable to work on the house, I've been giving aspects of its design some long, hard thought. After all, I have a surfeit of time in which to make any number of tweaks, so I may as well make the best of a bad situation.

Office Ceiling

The more I've looked at the office ceiling, the less I've been inclined to keep it that way. While I like low ceilings, this one is awkward because of how it meets the windowed wall: there is almost no space between the ceiling and the window openings (highlighted by the arrow, below), and I don't think this looks good.

My initial thought was to raise most of the ceiling, leaving it lower only to enclose the air return duct, with a 45-degree slope connecting the two levels (in keeping with the visual style of the house). This would necessitate relocating the small heat duct to Kitty Central, as well as the gaggle of electric lines headed for the kitchen, as seen below.

An alternative to this approach would be to locate the height transition right over the windows, which would look sort of like an upside-down window well. I honestly don't know which of these I'd prefer, or if I'll just leave it the way it is and live with the awkwardly close window-ceiling corner.

Final verdict: I've split the difference, and made an angled transition from low to high as close as I could to the air ducts and wiring without having to make any changes to them.

Closet/Laundry Ceiling

The closet/laundry ceiling is currently two levels, with one end lowered for the HVAC blower and access door (below). I've thought about making it all one level, which would eliminate the hard vertical height transition in the middle of the space.

Lowering the high end would entail rebuilding the storage shelves over the entertainment center (below), which would be a royal PITA, as well as relocating four recessed lights.

Another option I've considered is to reinstate the angled transition between ceiling heights I'd planned before I rebuilt the blower enclosure—I still have the angle-cut two-bys I'd made for it way back when. It would also require relocating the four recessed lights.

Final verdict: I'm leaving it just the way it is now. After all, it's only a closet. Sometimes I really over-think stuff.

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