When you look at a Cozy Home (like the Granite Mountain above) or another tiny house plan, do you know what those dotted lines across the top are? Those lines indicate the shape and style of your new ceiling.

There are several different types of ceilings you can choose from in a Cozy Home: vaulted, sloped, cathedral, tray, coved and stepped. A cathedral ceiling, which angles upward from the walls to peak, follow the roof’s pitch and will be shown on a floor plan as a straight, dotted line. The broken lines denoting a tray or gambrel ceiling are in the shape of an upside-down serving tray. A stepped ceiling, also known as a racetrack ceiling, is illustrated using concentric, dotted rectangles. A coved ceiling is rounded at the corners, and a vaulted ceiling rolls up to a half-barrel shape.

A variety of materials are used for constructing ceilings in a home. By far the most common today is the same as that used for walls—drywall (also known as gypsum wallboard or by the trade name Sheetrock), attached to a structure of ceiling joists with drywall screws or nails. Joints between the drywall panels are taped and finished with drywall compound also using the same techniques used for walls.

Ceilings can also be made of lath and plaster, wood planks like tongue & groove paneling or classic pressed-metal panels. You ceiling can also be a suspended or “dropped” ceiling which consists of a metal grid suspended from joists and attached at the walls, supporting lightweight ceiling panels made of natural fibers or fiberglass.

Most conventional ceilings are approximately 8 feet high, but creating a taller ceiling with various styles can make your Cozy Home seem larger and more airy.

Cozy,  Kevin B Harrington