WTFF: Joist To The World

...or at least your ceiling.

posted Nov 30, 2011 by

Those plain, boring ceilings you often see are not really exciting, right? No. Well, you know us, we go for the bold here at Jeff Click Homes and live right up to our JCH-fan-given status as an award-winning builder of new homes in Oklahoma City. We tactfully leave no potential design stone un-turned and we just won't let the ceiling stop us.
Next time the "stuff hits the ceiling", "the stuff" may think twice.

Jeff got the "okc-famous" joisted ceiling idea several years ago at a restaurant in Bricktown that was in an old building with its original upper stories still in tact. He studied the visual aspects of the space over dinner and noticed the ceiling above his table was actually the bottom of the second story floor, which was made simply of wood beams, joists, and decking. "I've always enjoyed implementing aspects of urban structures into our suburban homes, and this one immediately hit me as a must-do." says Jeff, "We now often do these in our homes as optional upgrade amenities."

The exposed joist ceilings enhance a modern feel that many of our designs already have. For many of JCH clients, it has added that extra touch in the loft, study, or master bedroom.

The loft-style study in the Daniel.

Topped off, literally, quite nicely.

From our Community Manager, Brodie Tucker: "Visitors often comment on what a simple, but clever idea the exposed joist ceilings are. They bring life and a custom feel to a specific area."

"I like the way it makes the room feel larger. It's a super creative technique." Pam Bradford, JCH Office Manager.

It took some planning to get these "just right". Our Construction Manager, Dallas Bradford, shed some light on how they are constructed. "These are made by first framing the walls. We then run a band flush with the top plate. Depending on the way you want to run the joist which can run with or against the room,we pull center and hang three joists in the center to cover the base for a future light. The left over space on either side are then filled in at equal spacing, all with the joist hangers exposed. The ceiling is installed on top of the plates and joists. We use plywood because it will hold the joists from rolling much better. The dead spot that is created at the plate line is then foamed on top of the plywood and blown with insulation. Underneath in the exposed side, all gaps are caulked in and the sheetrock hits flush to the outside rim. We leave all the imperfections for you to see: knot holes, splintered wood, missing chunks. Once it is painted or stained, the true beauty is obvious, don't worry, there is no load bearing on top of it, just enjoy the view."
We wouldn't let our model go topless, but we're all about exposing its joists.

Speaking of construction, our Home Stager, Sharen Polkinghorne remembers the first time she ever viewed the exposed joist ceiling. She says, "I just believed the sheetrock hadn't gone up and would be like any other ceiling in any other home. What a surprise that urban looking ceiling was! We were ready to "stage" the home but I had to "rethink" my whole decorating plan for the room when I walked in and the ceiling was still exposed. We ended up doing a 'New York chic cityscape' look with dark open beamed ceiling. It was a huge hit with everyone!

Exposed in the master suite.

Our 2009 Parade of Homes entry.

Next time the "'stuff' hits the ceiling", "the stuff" may think twice.

A few Fridays a month, we post a new WTFF, or "What the Feature?! Friday" blurb scoping in on special elements of our homes that make us one unique thumbprint. Some are standard features, some are options, but all have a cool story.