Removing 'boxy' ceiling

Old 10-14-15, 06:30 PM
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Removing 'boxy' ceiling

Hello all,

My kitchen ceiling seems to have a 'shelved/stepped' ceiling that makes it lower in some places (please see the pictures).

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Note that the last picture (inside the ceiling) is looking towards the area marked on the 3rd picture.

I made a hole in one of lower parts, and shone a light around (see hole in picture). I noticed, around the perimeter of the 'step' is solid wood which I presume the drywall hangs off.

Is this just for fashion or does it serve some structural purpose? This seems odd to me if it did, because I can't see how exactly it would add any integrity by having a bit that sticks out further.

I see diagonal beams (which appear be to be what the floor above is mounted on) lie on top of the 'perimeter beams'. Again, I don't see how this can add structural support.

We really want to remove the stepped ceiling, but I don't want to find I damage the integrity of the building/collapse upstairs.

Any ideas? Hope I've explained it well enough.
Old 10-15-15, 03:25 AM
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Welcome to the forums Thomas!

Those 'soffits' are probably just decorative, never seen one that was structural. They do sometimes house mechanicals; electrical, plumbing and HVAC.

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