Monday, June 4, 2012

Rough or smooth?

When we met with our PM last week, the husband asked about our ceiling finishes. The ones in the model are smooth (see Exhibit A) but apparently the ones that we actually get are actually textured (see Exhibit B). We questioned it and the SR and PM said that the texture was great, very subtle, hid imperfections and used to be an upgrade for RH, but is now standard in our area.

Problem is: We like the flat ceilings better. Are we crazy? Or do flat ceilings look more finished and upscale?

What do you all have? And did anyone request (and get) a different ceiling finish? And is this even worth thinking about? (Frank responses welcomed.)

Exhibit A -- Model, flat ceiling

Exhibit B - A photo we totally stole from JBY's blog (thank you!) since we have the same PM


22 comments:

  1. Strange, I just emailed to find out what ours was. I just assumed smooth. I agree with you though, I'm not a big fan of rough ceilings.

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  2. This is a great question and not one to "assume".
    In my last house, we refinished the drywall in multiple rooms going from a textured ceiling to smooth.
    Here's the scoop,
    builders/drywallers prefer textured. As your PM said, it hides imperfections. It very easy to apply the texture. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to do it.
    I don't buy the "textured is an upgrade" nonsense. Finishing a smooth ceiling is VERY difficult. Depending on the color and sheen of your paint, you may (likely) see some imperfections.
    The smooth ceiling is nicer but you may find it impossible to get Ryan to upgrade. Too many people probably complain about seeing imperfections.
    I will say this, we thought having come from a smooth ceiling house to a textured ceiling may bother us BUT it doesn't. Reason? Because the ceilings are 8 and 9 ft up and I don't notice it as much as I did in the last house (low ceilings)
    For the record, we did ask. Ryan's reply was something about urinating upwards on a rope.
    Good luck

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    1. ROFL, seriously the last line busted me up! :-D

      **image of SR saying the words**

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    2. hahahaha @ urinating upwards *dies laffin*

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  3. Ours are textured and it doesn't bother me, but we've always had textured ceilings. I was just excited to find out that Ryan paints the ceilings as our last builder did not. I do like the smooth ceilings, but the imperfections would drive me nuts. As Sgt. Rich said, this is an excellent question. So many things are easy to assume, but it's best to ask about anything you are not completely sure about.

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  4. Def smooth is the way to go!

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  5. Thanks all for the prompt replies. Mostly it irks me that they went to the trouble to make it smooth in the model, and then it's not an option. It's one thing to trick out the model with options that are actually available, but how about some truth in advertising.

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    1. i agree 100%. In fact, I think they should have a placard in every model with every damn extra/option added.

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  6. I asked about smooth ceilings on our first meeting with RHs-I have textured ceilings now and really prefer smooth. I even offered to pay an upgrade-but our SR says they just will not do it. She said, very frankly, that the slight texture does hide imperfections as that's the big problem with flat ceilings. I will say I have the same texture in my current Drees home, and it seems very different from their texture. Theirs is much less noticeable (jsut not as prominent, which is good. Also, as Sgt Rich said, 9 foot ceilings are higher than our current 8 foot ceilings (we will have 9 ft in basement and throughout hosue)-that helps, too.

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  7. As you know, we have the knock down stipple. To be honest, we have friends in the earlier phase of our development and their smooth ceilings look terrible. The drywall seams are especially noticeable. I was relieved when our sales rep mention the "upgrade.". However, I agree that the smooth ceilings are more up-to-date and look nicer, if they are done well. The stipple isn't as noticeable as I was expecting. And you are welcome to come see it in person if you'd like!

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    1. Thanks so much (now debating in our house: what's better texture or badly done flat). Will let you know if we need to take you up on the offer to see. Super nice of you!

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  8. I would prefer smooth but this was not an option for us. They are textured. Like Sgt. Rich said, the first floor has 9' ceilings and the second has 8'. I don't think I will be spending much time looking up there.

    My sales rep did say we had an option to "knock down" the texture. This just means after they apply it, they sand it down. This option was about $2,000 and we decided it wasn't worth it.

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    1. wait 2 grand to redo something u didn't ask for??!

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    2. No. The textured ceilings are standard. I could have paid two grand to have them shaved down but I didn't.

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    3. wow that is uncool. and has moved nearly to the top of my list of questions to ask.

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  9. Had textured ceilings in our Ryan townhome we just sold. They weren't the 80's "popcorn," they were stippled. Painting that ceiling is a pain, let me tell you. Installing a new light or moving a light or repairing a crack is a pain to try to match the stippling. I was thrilled when I learned that smooth ceilings were standard in my new development. Our master ceiling looked really bad at our final walkthrough and we made them come back twice and make it right. Now they are smooth and perfect. Don't let them tell you textured is an upgrade. Textured is just easier and cheaper for the drywall guys because it doesn't have to be perfect.

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  10. i definitely will say smooth is in, textured is way out. i have textured ceilings in my townhouse now, but it was built in 1980 :-/ if i see a textured ceiling in my new home i promise i'll blow a gasket.

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  11. I would never even have thought to ask about this; thanks for sharing. The model in our development is smooth and there are no options having to do with ceiling finish so I'm hoping smooth is standard, but who knows!

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    1. Ask - cause the same was the case for us. Smooth in the model. No listing of ceiling choice on the option sheet.

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  12. Smooth ceilings in our Waverly...

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  13. Keep it SMOOTH! However, if it costs $2000 that is definitely a deal breaker! My $2000 would be spent on some other upgrades or saved for interior decorating especially since I cannot sit on the ceiling.

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