traditional to vaulted ceiling
Has anyone ever got rid of their ceiling joists and converted to a vaulted ceiling?
A little background:
I'm doing some long term home improvement project planning. My house is a central long corridor that was the original house (now 1 bedroom and the living room), 2 wings were added on at some later date. Its a single story with a basement. 1 wing is the Kitchen, bathroom, and a pantry/stairway to the basement. I am planning on redoing both the kitchen and bathroom completely at some time. Both have pretty crappy and low ceilings, about 6'6" in the case of the bathroom.
It occurred to me that I could convert that wing of the house over to vaulted ceilings and kill 2 birds with 1 rather large and cumbersome stone.
I see it as: Take out the ceiling joists, after bracing and/or adding to the rafters (maybe not even that, the ceiling heights are not the same, so I am thinking they may not be overly structural). redo the lighting. I was thinking use spray foam insulation to eliminate any problems with venting and vapor barriers, plus reduce the impact of heating a larger volume. Add a high window in the kitchen for more light. Extend the wall insulation and cover it all with drywall.
Has anyone done this before? I am mainly wondering what other pitfalls I should consider.
Plumbing venting will only be affected if I add a vent when redoing the bathroom. Currently the main vent pierces the roof of an add-on that covers the outside basement entrance. I may have to add a new main vent to change the toilet location. Wiring shouldn't be too hard, and it would be safer to get rid of the 2 wire stuff anyway.
I also need to consider ROI. the kitchen and the bath are supposed to be were investing brings the most bang for the buck, and the kitchen is also the main entrance. Unfortunately, the house will never be a shining jewel. The original part is very uneven (but solid) and the wings, while much better, are far from perfect.