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        If I wanted to raise a ceiling is it extremely difficult? A load bearing wall is in the room but we would leave the rafters sitting on the wall. I would add (collar ties) or rafter ties to the existing roof in the garage, I would go overboard with support and install one at each rafter.

        Once the ties are in I would cut the joist extending past the wall in the room we want to raise the ceiling. The load bearing wall I'd take Sheetrock down and extend 2x4studs from floor to rafters in garage.

        Without pictures I understand it may be difficult to "see"

        But is what I'm trying to accomplish feasible by this method or should I call in back up?
        Posts: 37 | Registered: Jan 31, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Really no choice here but to call in back-up.

        You are making a major structural change to your garage - one that if done incorrectly could cause a complete failure of the structure. Aside from the fact that any locality with a code department will require inspections for a project like this, most will require plans stamped by a licensed engineer. Code departments get very nervous at modifications that remove structural components.

        Another very realistic consideration is that if you choose to do this without professional help - and then have the misfortune of having your garage roof collapse, you will learn the harsh lesson that none of this will be covered by your homeowners insurance. This will be no matter what the cause - high winds, heavy snow, whatever - Your insurance company will not pay out for any damages.

        Finally, sometimes it's just not possible to raise the ceiling by modifying the framing that is there. Sometimes it takes a complete rebuild of the roof structure. I would bring in a licensed contractor to take a look and give you not only his professional opinion if you can do what you want to do but also some ballpark pricing. You may still need a licensed engineer to approve any plans but this will be a good and inexpensive starting point.

        But no, not a good idea to DIY this.

        Posts: 10477 | Location: Knoxville, Tennessee | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Thanks jay bee! I was thinking maybe I could, but I'll definitely call in back up,
        Mabe I could just leave the joists and open the ceiling that way! It will give character and an open feel
        Posts: 37 | Registered: Jan 31, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Are you trying for a cathedral ceiling.?

        or a coffered ceiling


        This message has been edited. Last edited by: ron45,
        Posts: 907 | Registered: Jan 29, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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