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Old 04-09-2011, 09:58 PM   #1
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Hey, last summer i completely redid my garage, made it into a home gym. The garage looked terrible and was ready to be torn down but we kept it up and never thought it could look as it does now. (will post pics at a later time)

Anyway, I am taking on a much bigger, more important project. However, I believe it will be less difficult seeing how I am actually dealing with leveled wood.

I am going to remodel my attic, right now its a bunch of wood and a half-done 50 year old sheet rocked room made out of left over wood that i will completely take down.

So here we go, I will have a big empty space with just the wood visible ready for the job.

My question now is, should i go over the 55+ year old wood with new wood over it for more support. Keep in mind I am on a small budget, but if its necessary i will do. The wood it fine, doesn't seem damp or anything, but i was thinking to put 4x4's horizontally across so when i put the sheet rock up it will be we easier and more leveled? Do you agree, is this necessary?

Also any other tips are much appreciated.

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pics of what your talking about would help, when you say wood are you talking about old paneling or floor boards

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sorry i should of been more specific, the paneling.
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You will want to remove the old paneling,I sure---

It is best to expose the old framing so you can add electrical,insulation(and baffles) and maybe sister in some new 2x4s to flatten out and wavy walls or rafters.

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Definitely post photos of the space.
What size floor joists are you dealing with?
Does the space have windows?
Has electric been run that's to Code?
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As Ron said, the sizing and spacing (how far apart they are) is key to whether you should be doing anything in that space; they may be undersized for carrying the load.
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I made a few mistakes, I ment framing not paneling, i will take off all the paneling but i was wondering if i should re enforce the the framing with new wood or if its fine, pics coming later today.
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Sorry for the quality pics













A simple diagram
I measured only the space I am going to be using, so where the wall go to low i will cut out.

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Couple of questions.

Is that a cape cod?

How big are the roof rafters? 2x6--2x8--2x10?

Floor joists?

You need room in the rafters for ventilation and insulation.
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It's not a Cape Cod.. (at least I don't think it is)

The Rafters are: 2x5.5

The entire floor is covered by 16'' wide pieces of wood. which is even with the joists
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Pictures are too dark and out of focus to see what's going on clearly.
Your description of the subfloor is interesting. Are you sure the boards are 16" wide? They seem to be on top of the joists. If they were even, you would see each joist and the joist top would be on the same plane.
See if you can set up lighting and take a few more photos that are in focus.
Can't help if I can't see.
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Obviously a dumpster is in your future.
I'm no pro but I would bet that the space does not allow for putting in a bedroom due to lack of headroom. Someone will know.
If it were me, I'd check on that before going to crazy with work.
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Its a good size, i wish it had a little higher ceiling, but since when do you walk around in ur room? at the highest points i can walk with out ducking or anything, and my plans was to put a bed in the bigger back part and a tv, computer, and game system with a couch on the smaller side, which will work out perfect space wise.

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