Laundry and Mud Room Makeover by Unskinny Boppy, via Flickr - neat idea for the drop ceiling panels - we could do this or something similar in the stone house - not sure which room though - good inspiration - will think some more about this
For when drop-down ceilings are necessary: Cambridge Ceiling Panels "2ft. x 4ft. Ceiling Panels Ceilume's 2' x 4' (24" x 48") They are made from 0.013" or 0.030" thick rigid vinyl plastic that is not only lightweight and flexible, but easy to clean (just hose 'em down!), Class A rated for fire safety, Greenguard Gold Certified for Indoor Air Quality, dust-free, mildew free, mold free..."