First, before I start, for my regular blog readers, I’m cutting my posting back until the Fall… I will be posting Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays instead of Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. I have found that blog readership is way down right now because everyone is out keeping themselves busy right now in Summer… Myself included. Who wants to sit inside in front of a screen when it’s so beautiful outside! I certainly don’t!! Anyway on to the topic…
I fell in love with groin vault ceilings a little while ago. I think they are so interesting. Below is a picture of a groin vault ceiling, as an example
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If you don’t know what a groin vault ceiling is, I thought this diagram below was really helpful in showing the different types of ceilings.
I love the look of the groin vault ceiling down a hallway like this… with a pendant hanging down from the center of each one.
I really really wanted my long hallway in my house to have groin vaults down the whole thing. It would have looked so cool! Pendants down the center and all. Like below.
Except, it’s not going to work out. For several reasons – one, by California law we have to have fire extinguishers installed in the ceiling in each one of the groin vaults – it is supposed to run down the center but since you would put a pendant there, you would have to cut an extra hole running down next to the pendants that is off center. This does not look pleasing to the eye. But I thought, okay, well I can live with that.
The other problems is that one area of the house the living room will be on the left and the dining on the right – both with tall ceilings. If I want the groin vault, I would have to either significantly raise the height of the hallway or drop the living room or ceiling heights (reason – because the groin vault drops down several feet from the ceiling, as you can see below). I am not going to be able to do this.
So no long hallway for me with pretty groin vaults.
But wait. Maybe I can work it somehow into the entry?
Hmm, I need to go back to the drawing board and measure around. Maybe that would work.
I found this picture below pretty interesting – it shows how the groin vault is made!
So long, dreams of long hallway with groin vaults. Also don’t want to have too many interesting architectural features – otherwise it will seem too over-the-top.
So, do you like the groin vault ceiling? Do you have one in your house?
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