A Change in Plans
Can I convert my garage to create a cathedral ceiling?
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.