Historically, beadboard was a durable, basic wall or ceiling finish that was common by the 1880s and was also popular in cottages, camps and unheated buildings. We recently built a screen porch for a client who wanted a beadboard ceiling, but they wanted the orientation of the boards to be different than most ceilings they’ve seen. The wanted the boards to run parallel to the roof rafters, not perpendicular. The beauty of beadboard is its versatility, which is only limited by the user’s ideas. In order to accommodate the pattern, we first had to install 1x3 strapping at 16 inches on center so we could install and fasten the beadboard. This 90-degree align- ment provides a nailer at every 16 in. for fastening the boards.
GETTING STARTED We measured from the top of the roof down to the LVL on both ends of the porch. In a perfect world these two meas- urements would be the same, but they were off by 1 inch.
By Rob Robillard