A ceiling over our heads

The bathroom ceiling.

The bathroom ceiling.

The theater ceiling

The theater ceiling

It’s been awhile since I’ve written an update. The ceiling is progressing, up in both the theater room and the bathroom. I have to extend furring strips across the hallway and put them up in the office, then I can put the tiles up.

My wife’s paint job on the tiles is great. The tiles really look good, I think, especially after she touched them up after they were hung. The tiles are more difficult to work with than I thought. As I mentioned before, they’re extremely delicate. But it’s also hard for some reason to get them lined up exactly right, and small discrepancies are magnified as the rows build on each other. I doubt anyone is going to study the ceiling closely enough to notice unless I call their attention to the variations. I’m going to train myself NOT to do that. Getting the cutouts right for lights, outlets and vents was also challenging. I had to remember to cut the openings wide enough to allow room to maneuver the tongues of the cut tile into the grooves of the adjacent tiles. And with the vents, the cuts were so wide that the keeping the tile in one piece took a lot of doing.

This gives you an idea of how big the screen will be.

This gives you an idea of how big the screen will be.

I got the last two speakers installed and the projector mounted. Of course I needed to test everything out. The sound with all seven speakers and the subwoofer is incredible. The picture, even projected on a green wall instead of a screen, looks great. And it’s going to be big enough to make the 50″ Sony upstairs feel tiny (it has less than a quarter of the screen area as the projection screen will have).

The ceiling’s taking a lot longer than I anticipated, which is par for the course. I’m really hoping to have the basement finished by my birthday on Sept. 2. We’ll see. Still left to do after the ceiling is done: The wet bar build; the tiling the bar area, the bathroom and in front of the outside door; building the projection screen; the stone work around the fireplace and the wet bar; the flooring (leaning toward bamboo) and putting in the doors and trim.

I may need to start working nights as well as weekends.

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