When your 102 year old beach house is made entirely of 102 year old wood planks and not much else you must help her out! Most of the houses in our tiny beach community were built for 3 seasons without heat or insulation. The houses were summer homes built at the turn of the century for Portland, Oregon families to escape the heat. But we want to leave here full time and be able to stay warm and comfortable year round.
So my clever husband created a plan to not only remove the horrible drop down ceiling in our loft but to insulate it with foam panels and create a new ceiling with tongue and groove pine. It was a tremendous amount of work that took about 6 months of weekends but definitely worth the effort both for the aesthetics and heat efficiency.