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barkerbob 02-03-2014 03:55 PM

raising the ceiling in the living room of a ranch
My Father in Law wants to raise the ceiling in his living room to make "half" a cathedral ceiling. The back wall of the room is in the center of the house and that of course will be the high point of the ceiling. Besides sistering in some larger rafters in the cathedral area to allow for insulation and ventilation, are we going to have to put in a ridge beam and make that center wall a load bearing wall? Can I build on top of the center or do the studs need to be continuous? I'm worried about spread loading pushing the opposing wall outward.

joecaption 02-03-2014 05:28 PM

Are there trusses or was it stick built?

joecaption 02-03-2014 05:52 PM

Taller ceilings look cool but there a pain in the butt to insulate, vent and just add more area that needs to be heated and cooled.

barkerbob 02-03-2014 07:59 PM

Cathedral ceiling
It is stick built. He's thinking of doing a scissor trust. Or at least half of one. Is there any rule as to how far up I can go?

Queefer 02-11-2014 10:37 AM

Did this once but did a vaulted ceiling instead of cathedral. It really seemed to open up the living room and was still easy to insulate. Can't speak for cathedral, but I would think that enough attic bracing would suffice.

Gary in WA 02-12-2014 06:01 PM

Either change to the structure will require a building permit, check with your local AHJ. HO Insurance claims denied, time at sale, etc.


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