Good Questions: Getting Rid of a Drop Ceiling?

Good Questions: Getting Rid of a Drop Ceiling?

Colleen Quinn
May 19, 2009

Apartment Therapy DC reader Jonathan is looking for help eliminating a drop ceiling:

"Hi! I'm trying to figure out an alternative to the standard (ugly) drop ceiling in my condo's entrance hallway. I just replaced the Heating/AC unit with an Energy Star model so I'm replacing the old ceiling that hides it as well. I want the solution to be as eco-conscious as possible so I'm looking for renewable or recycled materials. Because the space is so tight, I only have 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch in height to work with and it needs to allow HVAC maintenance access once a year or so. The dimensions are 43" by 12' and the material needs to be strong enough to support recessed lighting (probably low voltage so small), a smoke alarm, and an air intake vent near the door. Creative solutions are welcome!
Thanks! Jonathan"

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Jonathan,
We love your blue hallway, but definitely don't feel qualified to give advice on HVAC questions! Luckily, we're certain to have readers who have excellent advice to share with you...

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