Early in my career, I chose to focus on custom homes and remodeling. Although this kind of work can sometimes be challenging, I like interacting with clients and adding custom details that make their house personal to them. Sometimes, those details come toward the end of the job.

For example, recently a client wanted to add a design element to a hallway ceiling that functioned as a transition between a two-story entry and a two-story living room. These rooms were trimmed with casing, baseboard, and ceiling details that I would describe as “transitional” Craftsman-style. She was hoping that the hallway ceiling would reflect some of these details without being too fussy.

By this point in the project, I had a good working relationship with my client, so we were able to come up with a plan for a flat panel ceiling detail with a center panel turned 45 degrees to the perimeter frame. As a final tweak to the design, we added a diagonal rail in each corner to mimic the look of the cabinet doors in the adjoining powder bathroom.

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