Architectural Tutorial: Ceilings

- Billy Shankly (

Maybe it isn't all that bad to stay on the floor if your ceiling is at least something interesting to look at. Visbeen Associates designs include many ceilings that make for grand statements in the home, so today, our architectural tutorial will focus on several types:

1. Barrel vault: A simple continuous vault, typically semicircular in cross section. (
2. Coffered: A grid-work of beams with crown moulding. They can be any size and design, limited only by your imagination.
3. Dome: A vaulted roof having a circular, polygonal, or elliptical base and a generally hemispherical or semispherical shape.
The ceiling shown below is a bell-shaped dome ceiling
4. Tray: A recessed ceiling resembling an upside-down tray
5. Cathedral: A high, open, usually slanting or pointed ceiling.
Visbeen Associates often designs cathedral ceilings with decorative trusses, as seen below.

So aim for the ceiling in your home designs and the sky will be the limit!

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