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Juan W 11-06-2010 10:41 AM

How to raise a seven foot ceiling to the standard eight foot ceiling
 
I bought a home six months ago and I would like to increase the ceiling height. What are some solutions for raising my ceiling height?

Juan W 11-06-2010 10:43 AM

I plan to hire a contractor. The work rquired seems to be over my head.

Jim F 11-06-2010 11:06 AM

If you are talking about raising the entire second floor structure- joists and all, it can be done by a professional but may cost more than it's worth over just living with 7 foot ceilings. If it's just a matter of dropped ceilings that can be raised up closer that the joists, that may be DIYable.

People drop ceilings for different reasons. Energy savings is one of them. Another is that they want the look of a flat ceiling where there may just be heating ducts that can be accommodated by soffits instead.

vote4Pedro 11-06-2010 11:58 AM

it can get quite expensive if joists are involved. what's above the floor you want to elevate?
if it's in the basement, have you considered digging deeper down? once again, also very costly. but may save you some time

Bonzai 11-06-2010 12:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Juan W
The work rquired seems to be over my head.

No pun intended eh ;-)

1910NE 11-06-2010 05:22 PM

what is the age of the house? if its a couple hundred years old (many from that era have low ceilings) you might have some great rafters just waiting to be exposed. is there a place where you can get a look at what is hidden behind the ceiling?


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