Complete House Remodel.... #4: Raise the Roof...er Ceiling.........

Blog entry by Todd Thomas posted 09-16-2009 03:10 AM 46807 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sorry for the wait…...
Not sure if I mentioned it before but my lovely wife has decided that she, we, want this one…she really likes the location… The before story on the ceilings….Slim, my name for my wife Cheryl, is up mowing the grass and has our dog, Rusty, with her and Rusty decides he is going to go out into the neighborhood and introduce himself to our new neighbors…by the time we figure out he is gone we can’t get him to come with a call so Slim goes out looking for him….within a few minuets I get a call from her and she says that she has Rusty and that he was up the street in someones house playing with their dog and I needed to come and see what they did to the ceilings in the house….it was a standard vaulted ceiling but they had the house built with it that way and not redone…..So I started at ”No do you know how much work that would be for me? Do you forget I do most all this by myself” Let’s just say she pretended to hear me…..before you know it I buy into it and draw it out and said she needed to help Warning: Lots of pictures

So we took the Sheetrock down and pulled out the insulation….
Wife and Son


So then we had to stick/hand build a new rafter system one at a time with 14 ft 2×6 lumber, oh yes it was fun!!

I would cut the pieces out during the day and then when Slim would get off work I could put her on top off a ladder to help me hold it while I nailed it up….and of course we worked around the old rafter system…I didn’t cut it out until I had the new in place and secured down tight….we decided not to make the vault go to a peak/point but instead to have a 3 foot flat part on the top…just a different type of look…The ceiling went from about 8 ft to 11”10”








just in case anyone is wondering I think we put 1 whole box, 4,000 count, of 16 penny nails in the new rafters…it might be over kill but like I say ” they don’t know if you did to much, only if you didn’t do enough!”

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 09-17-2009 05:42 AM

Wow, looks to me like Slim owes you, that is a massive undertaking, looking good so far, keep up the hard work!

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posted 09-17-2009 04:00 PM

Wow! That is going to be so much better looking.

I like the can lights too.

-- -- Kirk H. -- http://www.kjwoodworking.com

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posted 09-18-2009 04:30 AM

thanks for the kind words….it completely changed the look of the area…it seem so much bigger…it really was a good idea….just don’t tell Slim…....:-)

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 09-20-2009 12:25 AM

Wow Todd you did a great job. It was worth all the extra work.

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posted 09-23-2009 07:27 PM

Big difference T

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posted 10-09-2009 08:56 PM

THAT is great! I suppose every husband knows how wives can be – you got to love them! However, she had the right idea. That is going to be one heck of a nice room. At this point, just bit the lip and smile when everyone comes over and Oooo’s and Awe’s at your work.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 02-24-2010 06:36 AM

Great progress pictures I really enjoyed them. That is some serious undertaking going on and I’m full of admiration. It definitely makes the area a lot bigger and spacious. Agree with kjwoodworking on the can lights – what a great idea. You owe this to your dog Rusty!

-- John | http://www.cavalok.com/

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posted 02-28-2010 02:38 PM

Todd that is just awesome gthe lord sure gave you a great gift of knowledge.

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posted 02-28-2010 02:55 PM

I don’t now about knowledge but he did make me stubborn enough to figure things out until I get them right…LOL

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 04-06-2012 08:06 PM

Hello Todd,

I know it has been done long time ago and the tread is most likely closed but I and my wife are in about to do the same project.

We have approximately 1000Sq ft roof and prefabricated W trusses with 8ft ceiling and would like to re frame them into scissors type trusses like you did.

So the question really is how did you calculated the amount of support you need and maybe you can share the data and experience with us? Also, how did this affect the structural integrity of the house?

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