Hi there, [first post, please be gentle!]
We're renovating an old cottage in Norfolk. The kitchen ceiling is very low, so we've taken the existing ceiling out to expose the joists. Plan is to put a fire retardant treatment on the joists, put some insulation/soundproofing + plasterboard between them so we get about 10cm of exposed joist left.
The joists are nothing fancy, just un-planed timber, not oak or anything, but we want to make them as nice as possible. Has anyone else done this and made it look good? Did you sand the joists or leave them rough? And did you use a clear fire treatment, or a coloured paint?
Also the plumber insisted that we couldn't install underfloor piping to the first floor from below, now the floorboards are exposed. I guess he's right, but it would be good to have that confirmed.
Any suggestions much appreciated