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Hello All:

I just bought a repo and want to fix it for myself. It has one big problem, the celing is only 7 feet tall. I can cope with it if i have to, but if I ever resale it it would bring alot more if I could add a foot of space. I doubt their is a way to raise the celing..........and hints would be appriciated. Do you know of any good books, or internet sites that could give me some info?

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Neal
 

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Well this is pretty simple, any carpenter should be able to do it.

First, Remove all interior finishes (including cabinets, electric and plumbing trim)

Second, remove all sheetrock.

Third remove all insulation, wiring, ducting, and any plumbing that extends above the walls.

Forth, support the existing roofing system in place with a jacking system.

Fifth, jack the roof up a foot.

Six, remove all wall framing

Seven, frame, stand, brace and sheathe new walls

Eight, put the house back together.

You should be able to do this for a little more than the cost of building a new house.
 

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This ceiling was raised from 8' to 9' without raising the walls. I believe the term is "trayed " ceiling.

Very basic description

Remove everything including ceiling joists
Scab on 2x8 rafters to existing 2x4's
Gusset the bottom of the 2x8 with plywood and wrap it with a strap to prevent it from splitting at the plate line, prior to install.
TGI joists from one side of the house to the other blocked and bolted to the sandwiched rafters.
Infill with the little hips and valleys along with all the commons to create the tray.
Create a king post at the ridge line to complete a truss like effect.


Sorry no pics of construction

Countertop Kitchen Room Wood flooring Furniture
 

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Typically a good truss engineer that can design a simple modification on your existing frame to give you a "tail bearing truss". This can generally raise you ceiling joist or bottom chord 6 " to 2' depending on etc.etc. etc.
 

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That fits perfectly into the mold of what I laid out for you in your other thread.

Is there more info you need? I want to help.
 

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The one in general carp that he links you to in the op of this thread.:whistling

Try to keep up will you young man :laughing:
Sorry, the almost 3 month old has been a little fussy tonight. I gues she didn't like her new systainer I put her in!:laughing:


There are a few ways, one is really hard and probably not worth it, the other is the way Gus showed in that picture, still a biotch but, doable.
 

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Sorry, the almost 3 month old has been a little fussy tonight. I gues she didn't like her new systainer I put her in!:laughing:
Your mistake was opening the lid. All crying stops sooner or later.:laughing:

Man you are at the starting gate.

Where is Momma Warner at?:whistling
 

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Your mistake was opening the lid. All crying stops sooner or later.:laughing:

Man you are at the starting gate.

Where is Momma Warner at?:whistling
She went back to work at the country club.
She works 3 days a week in the evenings, usually 4:30 or 5 pm and gets off about 9 to 10. The rich folk still go out to dinner and still tip well.

So I am Mr. mom a few days a week.
I just can't decide which one is the bigger headache, the 4 year old, 3 month old, or the old lady.:laughing:
 

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You could cathedral the ceiling by dropping the interior down 2 units different than the roof pitch (if roof is 4/12 make cathedral 2/12 or if roof is 6/12 make cathedral 4/12 ). These would need to tie into the existing rafters with some extra bracing and gussets.
 

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The house is just outside Denton Texas. It was $12,000 with an acre of land and well (it was a repo I bought off the net without walking through it), I figured at 12 with a clear abstract it would be hard to gow wrong. I saw the foundation and new roof and bought it. It looked like an old Jim walters home.........but the celings are to low for that.

Thanks for the help guys.
 
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