Tim Uhler

On the houses we frame, we often add a "hip tray vaulted ceiling" in the master bedroom, hallways, or other rooms where we want to add inexpensive architectural drama. Over the years, we've refined an efficient and easy method for framing them (see "Framing a Hipped Tray Ceiling," JLC, May/06).

We recently had a master bathroom where we decided to frame the tray ceiling octagonally rather than as a rectangle. We chose this layout because the room had one 45° wall, and with a simple hip tray, the ceiling corner would have awkwardly died into the angled wall. But with the octagonal layout, the soffit mirrored the 45° angle instead. We...

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