|Re: Common House Ceilings||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joani Blank (jeblankic.org)|
|Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 03:07:01 -0500|
Ditto to the comments about ceiling heights in the common house. IMHO noise control is more important than any other single consideration in relation to dining area ceiling height. High or cathedral ceilings usually look fantastic, but unless the acoustic treatment of the ceiling is absolutely fantastic (aesthetics aside), you are trading openness for reduced decibels, and I'll take less noise any day. Will someone from Pioneer Valley please describe the ceiling height in your dining/sitting area. My memory from a brief visit and pictures I've seen, is that your fireplace, couches and comfy chairs are in the middle of the space where there is a very high (cathedral?) ceiling. But the dining tables are grouped around the high area in large alcoves with low ceilings. So then there's the problem that the sitting area isn't cozy. That leads me to a related questions. One is how much glass is in your CH walls? The more glass the more light, of course, but also the more noise. Sound-absorbing heavy drapes are good to cover the windows at night, but on summer nights you certainly won't want to close them at dinner time. We are going to have this glass problem at Old Oakland, like we do at Doyle Street. At Old Oakland (Swan's Market) our CH kitchen ceiling slants up from 9 feet to 13 feet in the kitchen, and goes from 13 to 24 feet (!) in the dining and sitting area. And of course the 24 foot wall is almost solid windows. And we'll have a concrete floor to deal with as well. We have taken to heart Katie's warning that dining area acoustics is a huge challenge for every common house she's ever met--and she and Chuck have met more than anyone else around, I dare say. At the moment, I can't remember our design committee has decided or recommended about acoustical treatment of the ceiling, but I think our group is committed to doing what we can to deal with it as effectively as we can. If you do decide on high ceilings, remember that you can add appreciably to the coziness, by having low lighting in both the dining and seating areas. I don't mean low-wattage, I mean light fixtures that hang low over your dining tables (perhaps raise-able by swagging or some other mechanism if you want to clear the room for a party or other event). And in the sitting area, consider attractive floor lamps or table lamps on end tables. instead of wall sconces, although you might want to have those as well for those times when you want to brighten the whole room for a meeting or some such. Joani Blank
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