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Never posted here before...so thanks in advance for anyone who can give some advice. We inherited a 3 bedroom vacation house in NY state, built around 1960. It measures about 25 x40 the roof pitch is kind of shallow, no more than 30%. We would like to rip out the ceiling in the front third of the house (going length wise)...its an area about 15x25 and vault the ceiling.
I am enclose pics of the room and the attic construction. The rafters are 2x8's 16 on center nail to a 2x12 ridge beam. The builder did construct some
knee walls on third in I guess for extra support when it snows. There is also some funky support structure in the attic ceiling which does not apparently really support anything. We where thinking of sistering in 2 x 12's against the existing ridge bean...beafing up support walls that would transfer the load to the foundation and sistering in 2x10's against the roof rafters, maybe every other on with notches fitting into the outsides wall to keep the walls from spreading. There would also be collar ties about 2 feet from the right for additional reinforcement.

Looks like I can't post images here yet so go to photobucket...search for
echelonphoto and open folder marked mountain attic

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Hi,

Never posted here before...so thanks in advance for anyone who can give some advice. We inherited a 3 bedroom vacation house in NY state, built around 1960. It measures about 25 x40 the roof pitch is kind of shallow, no more than 30%. We would like to rip out the ceiling in the front third of the house (going length wise)...its an area about 15x25 and vault the ceiling.
I am enclose pics of the room and the attic construction. The rafters are 2x8's 16 on center nail to a 2x12 ridge beam. The builder did construct some
knee walls on third in I guess for extra support when it snows. There is also some funky support structure in the attic ceiling which does not apparently really support anything. We where thinking of sistering in 2 x 12's against the existing ridge bean...beafing up support walls that would transfer the load to the foundation and sistering in 2x10's against the roof rafters, maybe every other on with notches fitting into the outsides wall to keep the walls from spreading. There would also be collar ties about 2 feet from the right for additional reinforcement.

Looks like I can't post images here yet so go to photobucket...search for
echelonphoto and open folder marked mountain attic

Thanks
First a couple of things. One where in NY? Second this site is for contractors. You will be more comfortable over at DIYchatroom.com:thumbsup:
 

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