CeilingScapes is a division of CastleGate Custom Homes
The most overlooked area of common spaces is the ceiling. Homes often end up with white, featureless ceilings at uniform heights. This is very far removed from designing a customized look that brings your home more balance and beauty. Ceilings have as great an impact on a home’s interior as its walls and floors – and possibly even more. When left untreated or ignored, the emphasis will not be on the rooms ceilings. It becomes the big white elephant in the room, yet the ceiling should be the icing on the cake.
Integrate a Customized Ceiling Design
The key to integrating CeilingScapes into a room’s overall design is understanding the space effectively. When we design and build spaces, we consider the entire room three-dimensionally.
In 2008, we added our CeilingScapes division after completing more remodel projects than custom builds during the downturn real estate market. This business strategy turning out to be a wonderful blessing when the marketplace instantly welcomed our innovative ceiling designs with much enthusiasm. We discovered that by simply transforming a ceiling, the entire room was transformed even though the rest of the room remained the same.
This division is a natural fit for us at CastleGate Custom Homes as our designs commonly include CeilingScapes in almost every room of our client’s homes. Our ceiling design possibilities are limitless. They range from simple paint applications which are affordable by most standards, to the extremely ornate craftsmanship and artistry that defines an entire space.
Today’s Ceilings Make Big Statements
Understanding the different ceiling ideas and options makes it easier to discern one custom home builder from another. The treatment of the top of a room is designed to evoke expression, and speciality ceilings can do this in a variety of ways.
Here are some different type of ceiling options
Crown Molding: Conventional moldings are one piece, one or two inch, pieces of wood that cover the edges where the sheetrock touches ceilings and floors. In a CastleGate Custom Home moldings can be wider, stacked or have a more elaborate effect.
Cathedral and Vaulted Ceilings
Cathedral ceilings provide a high sloping line up to the top of the house. A vaulted ceiling extends a room upward. Both provide a more spacious feeling and make room feel larger. Vaulted ceilings are often located in the main living areas, yet look great in master suites, master baths and give your home a very customized look and feel.
A tray or trey ceiling is an artistic element added to select ceilings to give them a personality and a unique design. Trey ceilings start horizontally at the wall section at a standard height and then are built upwards in a cut out resembling a tray. Here at CastleGate we offer a series of steps for an even more dramatic effect. Tray ceilings are most common in dining rooms and/or master bedrooms.
A cove ceiling has a rounded concave surface. This may be incorporated into arched doorways, hallways, or other areas where a fluid effect is desired. These types of ceilings can become a rare art form. At CastleGate we design our ceilings with extra materials, time, skill and the creativity to craft a symmetrical effect.
They are often made of wood or other substances which are typically laid across conventional ceilings to add dimension, color, clarity or interest. They can either be load bearing (incorporated into the actual structure of the home) or lighter weight faux beams that are applied purely for visual effect. This type of ceiling effect is more typically applied to rustic décor.
Barrel Vault Ceilings
A barrel vault ceiling, also known as a tunnel vault or wagon vault can be a very unique architectural feature. Think of the curved section you’d have if you cut a barrel vertically into sections – this resembles the curve of a barrel vault. These curved ceilings or openings were common in Roman architecture. But the most famous example can be found in St. Peter’s Basilica, which has a huge barrel vault spans nearly 90 feet across the nave.
A coffered ceiling is best described as, “creating a raised and indented checkerboard across the ceiling”. A coffered ceiling is usually created by framing a series of interconnected vertical and horizontal lines across the ceiling. The lines are then covered in sheetrock and finished similar to a normal ceiling. The individual boxes are then often trimmed with molding. This type of ceiling is often seen in high-end estate homes.
CastleGate will discuss your CeilingScape options and discover what best fits your needs and unique home style. Feel free to ask us very specific questions to be sure your custom home estimate includes a very specific set of specifications. Keep in mind that it is nearly impossible to add a trey ceiling, a barrel vault ceiling, or increase a room’s heights after framing has been completed. Therefore, we will discuss your interests in detail before the building process begins.