Re: raising the ceiling vs. removing the popcorn... what's cheaper
Yep .... I'm with you regarding not liking textured ceilings.
As for costs and amount of mess .... it would be less expensive in the long run just to have the ceiling sc****d , patched and painted. The mess can be more from removing the ceiling and putting in new drywall . There will be debris from the removal part and there will be a mess from the installation , mudding and sanding.
There is also the consideration of removing the debris of the old drywall and getting the new drywall into the suite.
Whereas a few garbage bags from the removal of the scrapings from the ceiling would be the only debris.
I know from experience condo Corps. get upset with messes from contractors moving stuff in and out of suites.
It's unclear if the ceilings can be raised but if there is room there are other considerations that come into play.
For example .... let's say you can raise the ceilings by a foot ..... you will also have to extend the drywall along the upper portion of the walls to meet the new ceiling height.
Likely there are ceiling light fixtures which means relocating the electrical for these fixtures and depending on local code requirements could require a permit and inspections.
Again......... depending on your local building and fire codes you could be opening up a can of worms. In some areas the codes are more strict for multi-unit dwellings like condos as compared to single dwelling residences when it comes to fire codes. By opening up the ceilings you may be required to bring things up to current building and fire codes which means permits and inspections...... which will affect the costs for time and materials. If there are condo Corp. rules and regulations they will likely insist all remodel or renovations follow current building / fire codes and be done with permits and inspections.
You might investigate with the Condo rules and your local building department if these considerations apply.
Just some thoughts.
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