|Project by ferstler||posted 10-12-2008 09:58 PM||14350 views||4 times favorited||6 comments|
My wife says this may be the only coffered garage ceiling in America.
The original drywall ceiling, like any you would find in north Florida, developed so many bug splats and smears after years of swatting and crushing that I decided to do something about the cosmetics. Also, while doing some attic reinforcing work a while back I lost my footing (or, rather, seating) and pushed my butt right through one section between the trusses. The old ceiling needed work.
So, the new ceiling is basically prefinished, 1/8-inch Masonite sheeting nailed into place over the old drywall. Then, to hide the cracks I laid down very cheap, 1×4 pine trim boards. However, that looked funny, so I kept going and built up the checker pattern shown. The masonite did not need painting, but the trim did and it got primed and then given a semi-gloss coat.
The Masonite was nailed into position with the aid of a Campbell-Hausfeld finishing nailer, and then the trim pieces were nailed into position with a C-H framing nailer. The big hatch in the first picture is actually a 6×6 screen door that gives access to the attic located A/C air handling unit. All cutting was done by a combination of my Craftsman 5.5-inch, left-blade trim saw and my Ryobi miter saw. Air pressure was provided by my Ridgid, oil-free compressor. All of those tools (well, the trim saw is hidden from view), and more can be seen on the shop-view section of my entry.
As part of the garage upgrade we also obtained a new, hurricane-resistant garage door. Initially, I had intended to install the door myself, however, after looking at the shipment (particularly the “parts” box jammed full of hardware) I did not install the thing, and I can tell you that was a good idea, because everything I have heard lately says that even good contractors will not fool with them. I did build the wooden frame around the opening area, and the installer (who does about three of installations a week and took about two hours to install the door and probably could have done it blindfolded) said that the framing was as good as any he had see that had ever been done by anybody else. Of course, he probably gives all the woodworkers that complement.
After a typical summer, the ceiling is still clean, so I assume there must be something about Masonite that repells the usual spiders and crawlers. I am happy about that. The insulated garage door has stayed clean, too.