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I have a weird pseudo-room that looks like a balcony, that i'm trying to convert into a study room by enclosing the two open sides with windows. The pseudo-room looks like this



The sheetrock (i assume) on the ceiling isn't in the best condition. A contractor I spoke to recommended to replace the sheetrock with soffit on the ceiling.

My question is:

  • is it appropriate to have soffit inside the house? from my research, it seems like it's mostly outside.
  • When I climbed onto my attic, my attic seems to be insulated overall with bald patch here and there, I can only assume that behind the ceiling of this pseudo-room, is insulation. But in case that there is no insulation, what should I put to insulate the area? regular fiberglass insulation? if soffit is appropriate for interior, should i still use regular fiberglass insulation?

I'm a newbie. Kinda handy. I can change my own car's oil. hook up my own washer and dryer, replace my attic fan. If soffit is appropriate, is taking down the sheetrock and installing soffit doable for a newbie? or is it worth the $735 installed price quoted by a contractor?
 

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soffit is good outside, if you are doing windows and want insulation, i would treat it like the rest of the house. The amount of insulation might depend on where you live.
 

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It's okay for an area that's not going to be heated/cooled to not have insulation.
But once that area is enclosed for heat/cool the ceiling should be insulated and the attic should be vented.

As far what to put on the ceiling.? You have to live with it so put whatever you like.
 

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Drywall should run perpendicular to the joists, and your porch joists might be sagging or spaced too far apart. The area above the porch would not ordinarily be insulated because it is currently outside. If you plan to enclose it you would likely want to tear the drywall down, ensure the framing is decent (correct size and spacing... and that it is straight) then run electrical as needed, insulate, then drywall, with the long dimension of the drywall perpendicular to the joists.

Your floor isnt likely insulated either.
 

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If you are going to enclose the area, take down the siding and put sheetrock on the walls, I'd sheetrock the ceiling. But if you are going to leave the siding inside the new room, I think beadboard would look great on the ceiling. JMO.
 

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Where do you live? Jobs like this that are done poorly usually result in some kind of moisture issue. Agree with the above, tear down siding, and treat like another interior room in the house, with exterior walls appropriately insulated. If you put windows on outside and enclose every thing, and this is south facing, expect the additional heat load.
 

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Correctly installed soffits for roof trim protect moisture, dust particles, insects, rodents, and birds. This helps keep the underlay area clean of dirt, foliage, and dampness, therefore, pathogenic microflora. In addition, it is necessary to ensure that the building had a finished appearance. Loose siding not only looks unkempt but also allows birds to take up residence under the roof, and these neighbors are noisy and messy. That's why today's overhangs are lined with unique elements that close the entrance under the canopy for insects and birds but still provide some movement of air inside the structure.
 
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