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Post & Beam Ceiling/Floor -- three problems

Hi, TOH,

I am not sure if this is a ceiling or a floor issue. I am in a house that was built in 1987, post-and-beam, with tongue-and-groove pine ceiling/flooring. The house uses a woodstove, so consequently the ceiling/flooring shrunk quite a bit. There are gaps that range upwards of 3/4 in, particularly over the woodstove. The gaps catch Barbie shoes, pens, and become a waterway if a glass of water spills. That's one problem.

The second problem is that everyone can hear everything that is going on in the house. The wood is a fabulous transmitter!

The third problem is that the first floor is very dark. We'd like to lighten it up by inserting some sort of ceiling in-between the beams. We hope that will decrease the noise (even if it won't fix the holes in the floor above).

Any tips on how to address the flooring without laying down carpet? Or what materials would be appropriate for the ceiling? How big a job would that be?

Many thanks,

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