Jan and I have (I think) finally decided on the new kitchen cabinets (sorry, not building my own) and we should be placing the order soon. Two of the things she is not happy with in the current kitchen are the soffits (bulkheads for our northern neighbors) and the knock down textured ceiling. At first I thought I would simply replace the ceiling, but that would require getting up in the attic and moving a couple of cubic yards of 35 year old blown in cellulose insulation, and still getting a bunch of it in my face when the ceiling came down. Then re-insulating when the new ceiling goes up.
An easier solution, I think, is to simply patch the areas where the soffits are coming out and then cover the entire ceiling with 1/4" drywall. This minimizes the mess and should save me a couple of days in labor. The lower ceiling line can be disguised with a bit of trim running across the one open wall to the kitchen.
Question: Can I use 1/4" drywall on the ceiling? My trusses are on 24" centers, so I think I might need some adhesive as well to keep it from sagging in the future. Is this the way to go or must I use 1/2"? Is there a better way that I'm not thinking of?