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Old 11-01-2009, 09:53 PM
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My wife and I bought a washer and dryer recently and that expanded into a laundry room / bathroom / mud room renovation. The small half-bathroom on the 1st floor adjoins a laundry nook "hallway" and sits underneath another bathroom on the 2nd floor that has a shower.

We're replacing the ceiling of the 1st floor bathroom and I need some ideas of what's best to go there. I hate the look and flimsy-ness of drop-ceilings, but we're eventually going to renovate the upstairs bath, so sheetrock seems like a bad choice.

I've considered those thermoplastic replicas of tin ceilings, and even wood.

What's the best choice of material between two bathrooms? Something that won't get moldy if there's a leak? Something that won't require major demolition to get access to the upstairs plumbing?


The downstairs bath is small - between 5x5 and 6x6.

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Old 11-02-2009, 01:55 PM
Location: In the woods
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Default Try this . . .

I was going to buy a short-sale home with a god-awful popcorn ceiling. I was researching possible solutions (aside from taking it all down) and ran across these polysterene tiles. I think it's the same stuff they use to make large flower planters. Anyway, it doesn't look too difficult to install and it is indeed an elegant solution:

Talissa Decor - Polystyrene ceiling tiles
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:51 PM
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Though I see your intention-
You're not understanding the full use of d/wall. The major consideration is fire blockage- If for any reason you were to have a fire (like from the dryer) fire could immediately reach the floor joist cavity and travel to other areas of the house.
Drywall is actually quite cheap when you compare to any other material that would provide the same protection.
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Old 11-03-2009, 04:08 PM
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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To be used a building material, polysterene has to be chemically treated, and I think I read somewhere the current method of treating it is under consideration for being banned in most areas.

If untreated, and polysterene goes up in flame- you're gonna get some really, really nasty smoke filling up your abode. Drywall buys you some time.

Personally I try to discard most of that crap from my house as soon as we unwrap stuff packaged in it.
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