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I want to install wood tongue and grove cedar wood ceiling in my family room and kitchen in a single story home. I plan on removing the existing drywall since the ceiling height is low and I don't want it lower if possible. My family room has a brick fireplace with an insert. Also the ceiling uses 1 by 3 slats that go perpendicular to the 1 by 6 ceiling joists to hold the drywall. My existing drywall ceiling has water damage. So my options are:

  1. Remove drywall and 1x3 slats and Attach wood ceiling to ceiling joists (will raise the ceiling height by 3/4 inch).
  2. Attach wood ceiling through existing drywall (lowers ceiling by 1/2 inch yet offers more fire protection).
  3. Replace the existing drywall ceiling with more drywall.

I want to use option 1. Is it ok? Thanks for your consideration.

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    Are you seriously concerned about the loss or gain of ceiling height that is less than one inch? If you are working with standard ceiling height if 96 inches you are quibbling about something just over 1% difference. – Michael Karas Sep 12 '15 at 11:03
  • If you're worried about the height of the ceiling, then cedar may be a poor choice. In general, the darker the ceiling, the lower it will seem visually. Even raising it a couple inches and panelling it will likely make it appear lower than a white ceiling. – Comintern Sep 12 '15 at 13:01
  • Michael, well yes inches matter to me. I am kind of tall and am use to taller ceilings. We may be putting in a tile floor and it will reduce the ceiling height even more. For my head height it is not a simple 1% since it is the distance from the top of my head to the bottom of the ceiling that I care about. To me all walls should be at least 9 feet high. But I do appreciate your comment and would in general agree with your comment. – ant Sep 13 '15 at 4:40
  • Cominterm, you have a good point. Most of our house is brightly colored and there is white ceilings in all rooms. Thanks for your feedback. – ant Sep 13 '15 at 4:47

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