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A Change in Plans

Can I convert my garage to create a cathedral ceiling?

Ask This Old House Crew
Photo by Matt Kalinowski

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


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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