I'm trying to integrate my 16' high foyer with the 12' areas around it. I
think a hard drop from 16' to 12' going into the kitchen area may look a
little harsh. The area over the stairway is open which means we have to come
up with a way to design the ceiling to get a nice flow from 16' to 12'.
Wouldn't ideas depend upon the style of the house? There are any number of
ideas, but what would fit wihtthe design? Is this abuilt house, or a
being-built one, and if it's being built, why doesn't teh designer have any
ideas...? Just wondering...
The stair winds away from the foyer so it's not necessarily opening
out to space above the foyer, there's no indication that there's
anything open above in the foyer and the plan quite clearly lists the
odd assortment of ceiling heights throughout. Why assume the foyer
ceiling dimension be the only thing that's wrong?
Let the OP answer my question. Thanks.
I'd like to see how the archichoke blanket-statements the firestopping
requirements. All those level changes and plenums - unless the second
floor looks like a motocross track with whoopdedoos - would be a major
pain in the ass. For giggles the contractor should line item the
ceilings and firestopping with that plan - the owner would freak.
Whelp, that's a new one on me. I saw the ceiling elevation and
stopped looking as EDS summed up my feelings on the matter - let the
designer do what they're paid for. I've never seen a stair to a
basement take center stage in a foyer. It does open up opportunities
for entering a foyer at the upper level and having the space open
downwards, but there's none of that going on.
Question still remains, why ask about a 16' ceiling when the drawings
That's a nicely drawn Floor Plan.
You would benefit by a Reflected Ceiling Plan. A composite RCP would
show all ceiling heights, features, openings, skylights, door and window
headers, air control devices, sprinklers, lighting fixtures, electrical
switching/dimmer controls, circuit lines, and possibly paint and finish
A floor plan is for the floor and walls.
I work with Reflected Ceiling drawings all the time. In schools, the
lighting layout and mechanical stuff is pretty critical and needs to be all
mapped out. Not too bad if it is in a house where there may be only one
light to a ceiling, but important when you have 5 rows of 6 banks of light.
We also tend to use a lot of soffits in places like the admin areas. This
stuff is probably more taken care of by some sort of electrical plan (as I
remember when I did houses).
Basically, yes, the ceiling is drawn exactly as the plan view is drawn, but
as you are looking down onto the plan, you are really looking up at the
ceiling. If you were to draw everything as if you were actually looking up,
everything would be reversed, thus it is reflected so it looks the same as
Because you are look up at it. Or, you are looking down at the floor and
the ceiling plan is reflected. or.............
Usually you are looking down and drawing a reflection of the ceiling.
Sometimes called a ceiling plan.
I was out of town while all the replies happened. Sorry for not chiming in
with answers to anyone's questions. The ceiling is indeed 16'. It was
The stairs go to the 9' basement. After seeing what another builder did, I
am probably going to stay with 90 degree walls and leave everything basic.
I'll raise the arch to the great room so it is about 11' in the center.
I'm always open to ideas. I think the piano legs, raising the ballusters to
the ceiling and gold plating several things certainly have merit.
Thanks for all the replies.
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