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Old 08-29-2019, 11:09 AM   #1
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Cathedral ceiling for the master bedroom


Our master bedroom is a last room to be remodeled. It’s located on the North side of the house on the second floor. Room size is 12’-7” x 17’-8” with 8’-0” high ceiling. The room is quite big but very dark. The North-facing window is not big enough to bring sufficient light to the room. It’s always semi-dark and shadowy, especially in the evening.

To make the room appear bigger and more interesting we decided is to raise the ceiling and utilize attic space directly above the room.
Our house roof construction is made of engineered trusses (2x4) at 24” on center, covered with plywood and finished with asphalt shingles. The attic insulation is directly above the drywall ceiling attached to the bottom chord of the trusses.
It’s not allowed to cut or modify the trusses without the complete roof re-structuring.
Because the roof trusses are not designed to be re-framed, cut or altered, we decided to build our cathedral ceiling around the existing trusses without any cutting. The bottom chords will be wrapped in the drywall and exposed to the room space below. The vented roof insulation will be added between the existing roof deck and new slope drywall ceiling underneath it.

Due to existing HVAC ductwork, electrical and plumbing lines above the ceiling only portion of the ceiling could be exposed in the room below about 8’-0” x 12’-8”.
The additional space above the ceiling line on the west side of the room (the exterior end wall parallel to the trusses) will allow the triangular window installation (slope of the window to match roof slope) in order to bring an additional natural light to the room.
Also we decided to install bio-fuel fireplace on this wall directly below the window.
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Old 08-29-2019, 11:17 AM   #2
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Old 08-29-2019, 11:18 AM   #3
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The first step was to clear blown insulation out of area for new ceiling opening. The trusses were cleaned out of staples and nails. To protect the house from dust and insulation I constructed temporary curtain, but it was not as effective as we hoped.
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Old 08-29-2019, 11:28 AM   #4
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To create a new thermal envelope around the new ceiling we used a vented cathedral system under the roof deck and convention wall insulation for the side walls above the attic.

2x2 furring board was attached on both sides of 2x4 top truss chord creating a 1-1/2” channel for the air circulation. R-10 2” rigid board insulation was attached to furring boards with 3” long screws. 2’x4’x8’ board was cut longwise to fit between top truss top chord. The rigid board was installed below the sloped portion of the ceiling. I used foam board sealant to seal any air gaps.
Next the 2x4 framing for the gyp. bd. ceiling was installed 10” below top truss chord to create space for additional batt insulation. R-38 Kraft faced insulation was friction fit between the ceiling framing studs. The total insulation at the top of the ceiling is about R-48. I used same R-38 kraft faced insulation to friction fit between side walls above the attic. From the attic side I infilled any gaps between the pieces of batt insulation and over stud framing

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Old 08-29-2019, 11:31 AM   #5
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Here is section of the framing for the slope ceiling
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Old 08-29-2019, 11:38 AM   #6
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At the same time the low voltage wires were ran to each truss for LED track lighting and to the spot lights above the ceiling over the bed. I install the electrical box to mount two dimmable transformer for LED lights to be controlled with dimmers. The box is accessible from the attic. The transformers are rated for outdoor installation.

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Old 08-29-2019, 11:46 AM   #7
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The feature wall framing was constructed with opening for fireplace, TV and new window. I custom ordered the trapezoid window from Home Depot to match ceiling slope angle.

The window was installed on the wall facing West. The additional light made all the difference to the overall room appearance. I was make sure that the new window framing do not cut any framing members at the load bearing end gable.
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Old 08-29-2019, 11:58 AM   #8
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The next step was drywall board installation. The 2’x4’x8” board needs to be maneuvered to fit between the trusses, than rotated upside down to attached to the framing I used 6 board for the sloped ceiling and 8 for the side walls.

The exposed truss chords and diagonal framing were wrapped with drywall. I precut pieces of drywall board and screwed to the 2x4 truss members. It was most tedious and time consuming work for this project (That was ny thought until I started mudding!!!)
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Old 08-29-2019, 12:04 PM   #9
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Feature wall was wrapped in gyp. bd. tile backing

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The corner beads installation is next. The only way to finish the job is to use air staple gun...I used about 28 pieces total and almost 2000 staples!!Cathedral ceiling for the master bedroom-img_2733.jpg

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Old 08-29-2019, 12:22 PM   #11
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The next step is my favorite - taping, mudding, sending, mudding, sending...
I forgot to take the pictures with all that fun...
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Old 08-29-2019, 12:32 PM   #12
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Here is how it looks after priming, painting and track lihting installation. Please note - never use a spot light directly above the wall. Any wall imperfections, not even visible by eyes exposed! The wall finish needs to be near perfect to
get a semi-decent result! I had to re-do this wall 3 times!

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Old 08-29-2019, 12:47 PM   #13
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The tiles on feature wall had started. The natural honed marble tile is beautiful but so fragile. You can crack the tiles just looking at them.

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Old 08-30-2019, 08:39 AM   #14
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Couple of details of LED lights.
On top of each beam is 3/4x1/4 metal channel with diffuser for dimmable 12v LED tape lights. The total of 35 (5x7') lenear feet
The spot light is 12v 3/4" dia. dimmable LED

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That is gorgeous work, and way more than I would have bothered with!
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