As you last remember, the basement had been gutted. When the ceiling came down, batts of “Balsam-Wool” – a type of cellulose insulation – were revealed. The product had a very handsome label:
There was a similar label in green, and I saved all that were in decent shape. OK; let’s start start pulling down this stuff:
With all of the insulation down (and several dead mice removed from between the ceiling joists) the place begins to feel less oppressive and smell better.
Now I just have to remove all of the sheetrock nails and insulation staples still stuck in the joists:
I like the appearance of the ceiling and the illusion of height that is given to the low-ceiling space. I’m fairly certain that I will keep this as the finished ceiling and insulate the rafters of the never-finished room above.