Q: We have built a two-story garage with an open room on the second floor, which was designed to have an 8-foot ceiling. We have just finished insulating the walls and would like to do something to expand the ceiling height on the second floor. The roof is constructed with 2x4-foot trusses, 24 inches on center with a 5/12 pitch. At this point, would it be possible to convert to a cathedral ceiling?

— Jo Anne, North Huntingdon, PA

A: Tom Silva replies: Unfortunately, you've gone too far to make such a drastic change in your renovation plan. At this point, new trusses would have to be installed — not an impossible project, but one that will take time, more money, and effort. Think this one through before starting over.
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