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“Our friends and family thought we were crazy,” said Melissa, acknowledging that the job from start to finish swallowed up a couple of months of weekends and most evenings after work. “But once we were finished and they saw what we had done, they started asking us to install similar ceilings in their houses.” (more…)

Undeterred, Vic and Melissa, relatively new to do-it-yourself projects, examined all the options and decided that the metal ceiling was a job they could handle. They bought the materials and read and reread the detailed instructions until they thought they were ready. (more…)

Experience is a great teacher, but if you have no experience, the best way to get some is to plan carefully, learn as much as you can, swallow hard, and then take the leap.

Vic Gatmaitan and Melissa Rooney have a large, second-floor front room with bay windows. They thought it would make a perfect family room—something that older houses don’t typically have. They also thought that it needed something to set it apart from the other rooms of the house, and, after watching one or another home improvement TV show, decided on a metal ceiling. (more…)