Q: Some of the rooms in my house have 9-foot ceilings. Isn't the standard height 8 feet? That is what the more "modern" rooms in the house are. I'm curious as to why they made some of the rooms 9 feet tall. The kitchen, which has a 9-foot ceiling, was built with cabinets that go all the way to the top and can be reached only by hauling a ladder in from the garage. Was there some logic in 1916 to building kitchen storage that is so inaccessible? As the kitchen looks quite cavernous, I was thinking of adding a false ceiling to lower it 1 foot and add new lights. This would also hide the beat-up-looking plaster ceiling. I envision the type of ceiling one sees in office buildings with the metal grids with panels that rest inside the squares with frosted plastic panels for lighting. A: The standard 8-foot ceilings came along with the tract homes of the 1950s. They used gypsum wallboard instead of lath and plaster for interior walls. "Gyp" board was manufactured in 4-by-8-foot ...
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