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!
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...