Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pitch High

Inspired by Leah from The Inside Story's post on pitched ceilings, I would just like to say I agree wholeheartedly with her statement that a roof needs to be a certain pitch to look "right".
Sometimes I think that I fuss too much about such inconsequential things, but here I go again I'm afraid.
This photo of Ruthie Sommers' porch in the last issue of House Beautiful is a case in point. Great pitch, love the exposed trusses and the pale blue and white colour scheme.

When we moved the church hall to our house, the first thing I said to my husband was "that ceiling has to go". You see, the roof pitch is steep like most churches and it just had to be revealed.
After taking the ceiling down (which was a messy job) we took out some of the old trusses, after consulting an engineer at some expense. Then the boys put in some purpose built metal rods for added reinforcement. The whole ceiling now has to be insulated and re-lined with boards and painted - something my long-suffering Chilean painter Luis is no doubt looking forward to (NOT).
It's a very high ceiling and he could be up there for weeks!
Hopefully, eventually, it will start to look a bit like this: Love those wing back chairs, too.


  1. Wow cannot wait to see the result, sounds amazing.

    Love a pitched roof, opens the room up so much, love all that space.


  2. Thanks Keren. One thing I forgot to mention - it might be difficult to heat in winter....

  3. It is going to look fantastic, I can't wait to see it finished. Have fun. Mimi xx

  4. Heaven! I'm popping over from The Fibro as its been revealed that you have my ideal job and I am totally 100% over the top jealous!!! Can't wait to follow more xx

  5. Tai Tai just stole the comment right out of my head! How did you do that?

    Looking forward to many, many hours of dreaming and drooling.

  6. LOVE the fabric on the wingbacks! Nicolex

  7. Hello, I'm dropping in from Fibro.

    What a feast for the eyes. I'm so happy I came and I will again. I am always looking for great decorating ideas. What luck to find you!

    Have a lovely day!

  8. Hi Catherine, I drove past your house the other day and it is looking lovely. I can't wait to see what you do with the hall. You'll have to show us some more pics...can't wait!! Leahxx

  9. Thanks Leah. Next time you are up this way pop in. It is very much in it's "during" Renovation stage but I have given up being too precious.