How to Increase Ceiling Height for a Lift: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Note: The following article is a transcription of a YouTube video titled “How I’m Raising Our Low Ceiling & Adding Ceiling Height” by Our Cafe House. The video discusses the process of raising the ceiling height on the second floor of a house to create a master bedroom and bathroom. This article provides a detailed explanation of the steps involved in increasing the ceiling height and offers insights into the decision-making process.

As many homeowners know, the ceiling height of a house can greatly impact the overall look and feel of a space. In this article, we will explore the process of raising the ceiling height on the second floor of a house to create a more spacious and inviting master bedroom and bathroom area. The project involved using dimensional lumber to restructure the roof support, and careful planning and execution were crucial to ensure safety and stability.

Step 1: Assessing the Situation

The first step in raising the ceiling height was to assess the existing truss system and determine the best approach. The trusses descended to create a low ceiling height of approximately six to six and a half feet in the master bedroom area. It was clear that to increase the ceiling height, the lower portion of the truss system needed to be eliminated.

Step 2: Seeking Professional Advice

To ensure the safety and feasibility of the project, the homeowner sought advice from multiple contractors and a structural engineer. Their expertise was invaluable in determining the appropriate course of action and confirming that the plan was sound.

Step 3: Creating Temporary Supports

Before removing the lower portion of the truss system, temporary supports were created using makeshift 2x4s. These supports were attached to the top section of the truss and braced against the floor to prevent any sagging of the roof during the removal process.

Step 4: Removing the 1×4 Boards

Next, the 1×4 boards linking the top and bottom sections of the truss were carefully knocked away. This allowed for the complete separation of the trusses from each other, making way for the next steps.

Step 5: Cutting Loose the 2×6

Once the trusses were completely separated, the homeowner proceeded to cut loose the 2×6 on both ends. This involved removing it from the beam and detaching it from the wall.

Step 6: Adding Extra Support

To provide additional support to the roof, construction glue was applied to the existing 2×8 board that was still against the roof. The 2×6 was then glued and pushed up against the roof, with screws used to secure it in place. This step ensured that the roof had the necessary reinforcement.

Step 7: Lifting the 2×12 Boards into Place

The next step involved lifting the 20-foot 2×12 boards into place. Although these boards were heavy, the homeowner managed to prop one end onto the beam and use a ladder to lift the other end onto the top of the wall. Small blocks were then placed at each end of the 2×12 to hold it securely against the roof.

Step 8: Adding Support Every 12 Inches

To provide further support, additional 2×12 boards were added between each truss, ensuring there was support every 12 inches. This was done by repeating the process of lifting the boards into place, adding small blocks, and securing them with screws.

Step 9: Completion

Completing the section of the roof over the master bedroom took approximately two full days. It should be noted that additional blocking still needs to be added between the 2×12 boards to further reinforce the structure.

Step 10: Future Plans

Once the master bedroom area was finished, the homeowner expressed plans to continue the project in the master bathroom area. While the details of how the finishing will be done remain uncertain, the increased ceiling height has certainly made a significant difference in the overall feel of the space.

In conclusion, raising the ceiling height for a lift requires careful planning, professional consultation, and precise execution. By following the step-by-step process outlined above, homeowners can successfully increase the ceiling height of their spaces, creating a more open and inviting environment. With proper reinforcement and attention to detail, this project can elevate the look and feel of any room. Stay tuned for more updates on this project as it progresses.

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