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Old 04-09-2018, 11:34 AM   #1
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Adding a Ceiling to a Stick Built Garage


Hello! First post here so go easy on me...

I've been searching the internet looking for an answer to a question about my garage. I'd like to add a ceiling to my detached garage with insulation (probably R-19) and drywall. The reason is I'd like to be able to work out there year-round. Here's a little detail on what I've got:

- Stick built construction, roof rafters are 2x4, 16" OC
- There are currently 3 - 2x6 collar ties that span the width of the garage (18')
- walls are 2x4 construction, 24" OC
- Garage dimensions are 20' deep, 18' wide

Can I add a ceiling to this without breaking the bank? Will 2x6" joists work if I tie them to the rafters and build trusses?

Thanks for your help!

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I think yes if you don't plan on storage up there.

BTW those are rafter ties, Collar ties are in the top third of the roof.
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I think yes if you don't plan on storage up there.

BTW those are rafter ties, Collar ties are in the top third of the roof.
Ah good deal, thanks for your response and clarification on the rafter ties.

So is there a trick to getting new joists up in place on an existing garage? Notch out the ends and lift them up at an angle to get them into position?

Yep, no storage, just insulation and drywall.
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Ah good deal, thanks for your response and clarification on the rafter ties.

So is there a trick to getting new joists up in place on an existing garage? Notch out the ends and lift them up at an angle to get them into position?

Yep, no storage, just insulation and drywall.
2 1/4 inches on each end would be about minimum bearing. You should be able to swing it in and stand it up.
Or rafter ties can be anywhere in the bottom third so you could go up a foot or so with shorter pieces giving you a higher sealing. Then you make the small sloped area thicker to allow for insulation and venting.
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Or rafter ties can be anywhere in the bottom third so you could go up a foot or so with shorter pieces giving you a higher sealing. Then you make the small sloped area thicker to allow for insulation and venting.
Ah, that's awesome, thanks for the advice. So if I run into issues putting up the full length, I'll cut them down and move the ceiling up.
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