Raising The Roof (Ceiling)

March 22, 2017 Managed WordPress Migration User No comments exist

The design for this home renewal involved removing two load-bearing walls, to open up the kitchen to the dining and living areas. At the same time, we decided to raise the ceiling in the main family area by at least 12″, to give it a much more expansive “feel”. Here’s what it looked like once the old sheet rock was off the walls …

Then we removed the wall between the kitchen and living area and put in two BIG beams …

… pushed the ceiling joists up by 12″ …

And the engineering design called for the two beams to be bolted together at 12″ intervals …

… so now it’s as strong as can be! And we decided that it looked so pretty (and is a great feature!) with all those bolts through there, that we would leave it on display in the final product! More of that in other photos. Meanwhile, we got the walls ready for sheetrock by filling even the INTERIOR spaces with insulation. That way, this home is going to be better soundproofed, as well as better insulated, leading to improved energy efficiency for the new owners …

New sheetrock on the ceilings …

… leaving the beams exposed, and we were there – roof (well, ceiling anyway) raised! We added a 3″ square steel post at the T-join of the beams for additional support (an engineering requirement, although the beams actually hold themselves up without it). The post was needed anyway, to vent the drain pipe for the kitchen island sink (you can see the PVC pipe running up the side of the post in the photo). Then we had the whole thing inspected by city building inspection …

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