Bif! Thump! Smack!
Today Darwin decided to take me up on one of my friendly suggestions to work on the bathroom demo. He spent about an hour tearing out the drywall over the beadboard in the former linen cabinet/closet thingy. That's when he discovered that we'd smacked a holdup.
The ceiling in the bathroom is 10 feet high. The beadboard is - drumroll please - 8 feet high. Above it? A gaping hole. That's what you call thumping a hurdle. Apparently, the bathroom either originally had 8-foot ceilings or had them lowered at some point in its life and then un-lowered. Of course, this also means that the ceilings are not beadboard, which we'd wondered about. That part is not necessarily a bad thing.
I haven't seen the situation with my own two eyes yet, but my immediate thought was that we can remove a foot or two from the top of the beadboard to bring it down to shoulder or head height, then drywall the space above it. Will this work? I don't know yet. I'll take pictures tonight and let you help me judge.