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Dropped Ceiling to Vaulted / Beamed Ceiling
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Hi,

Recently acquired an unfinished (3/4 complete) wooden cabin and doing research on what can be done to it. Have zero experience but want to learn before engaging anyone.

The ceiling is as below picture, I guess it was prepared to be a dropped ceiling and attic situation. I want to keep it open like this but remove some or all the trusses and create either full cathedral ceiling or beamed ceiling as per the second picture.

My inexperienced questions are as basic as (a) can it be done? (b) would it be a re-engineering nightmare? (c) would it be expensive?

original framed ceiling:

http://1drv.ms/1lNZ008

example open beam ceiling:

http://1drv.ms/1oRvIIR

Thanks!

SL

Jack
Re: Dropped Ceiling to Vaulted / Beamed Ceiling
Jack

What you have is a modern truss system and no you can not just remove some of the trusses. To make it like the second picture would require removing the roof and trusses and starting from scratch providing the side walls will support it. The second picture is a truss system usually found in post and beam construction.

Jack

Mastercarpentry
Re: Dropped Ceiling to Vaulted / Beamed Ceiling
Mastercarpentry

Those are trusses which cannot be cut or altered in any way without a Truss Engineer's input and an alteration blueprint drawing being issued, then filed with the county along with the blueprints the house was built with. To do what you want might best done by removing the whole roof and starting over. I's worth showing to pics to a Truss engineer for a quickie quote then comparing that to the cost of a re-do.

Nothing wrong with trusses if they're set 16"OC (most are set 24"OC) and they fit in with your plan, but you're pretty stuck with that afterward. This is why I prefer rafter construction which is far more easily modified later on should you want that.

Phil

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: Dropped Ceiling to Vaulted / Beamed Ceiling
Sombreuil_mongrel

Hi,
Your inspiration picture shows really nice kingpost trusses of heavy timbers, in a hip-roof format, no less! They would require an entirely new roofing system, and the requisite engineering to size them correctly for the loads and spans. But, since this is an unfinished cabin, essentially one room, nothing at all in the way, it seems to me that if it's what you want and within your budget, now would be the time. It would obviously be a capital improvement over what you have, with quite a high payback at resale, IMO.
It will keep costs down if you went with a gable roof, and would let you add some glass in the space for more light.
Casey

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