My house was built in 1860. We have done quite a bit of remodeling and our next project is the living room ceiling. Currently the ceiling consists of 1 ft square tiles stapled to a furring strip grid that was attached to the original plaster and lathe celing.
I thing we have decided on putting drywall up and finishing with a decorative wood grid of some sort (not exactly sure what yet) and possibly some ligting in the grid. Does anything/everything have to come down before doing this? Can I go with thin drywall just to cover the awful tiles? My concern is adding too much weight to the original lathe. Wood grid will not be any kind of heavy beams, just something to help break up the large area. This is a large room. 14' x 27' with a 9 1/2' ceiling.