Today, I almost feel like our house said, "It's OK. Go for it." Either that or it was saying, "You jerk ... look at this history you're destroying." Let's go with the first one so I can sleep tonight.
They removed all the insulation and drywall so we're down to studs. On an angled part of the ceiling, this is what we found (I rotated it so you can see it better):
Of course we're keeping that. We have to. In fact I was ready to grab one of the Sawzalls they left and go to work and the husband told me I wasn't allowed to, but I will have the contractor save it for us. But now we need something creative to do with it. Any suggestions?