ceiling beams

in this 1831 maine farmhouse the upstairs ceilings were only six and a half feet high, which is not unusual in old houses in cold climates. the ceiling used to come half way down the molding around the doors! by current standards, that is a low ceiling! these beautiful beams were in the attic above the ceiling of the room-- part of the structure that holds the walls of the house together. i did not want to touch the beams-- so-- we moved the ceiling itself up above the beams and in doing so added seven inches to the visual height of the room!

it really made a big difference.

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