After a friend's suggestion I looked under the ugly drop ceiling in my apartment to find an amazing tin ceiling underneath. Since I'm just a renter, although I would love to pull it down, I'm curious as to how to go about it in a way that it could be replaced when I move out (and how much such a thing might cost)...
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Installing a drop ceiling is not that expensive or hard to do, but you would want to be sure that you are going to stay in this apartment for at least 3 years if you go to the trouble.
Personally, we think your landlord would be LUCKY to have you take down the drop and repaint and otherwise restore that amazing tin ceiling you have there. We wouldn't be surprised if he elects to keep it as it would certainly add value to the space.