11 posts / 0 new
Last post
mean_willi
how can you raise a low ceiling

I just purchased a small house 500sq and it has real low ceiling in the living room/kitchen, about 6 ft 3 inchs. it is all under the same roof line, I am on a very tight budget, about 5 grand is there any way to raise the ceiling or do I just make short friends. if anyone knows of a way.... please answer.
Thanks

canuk
Re: how can you raise a low ceiling

Do you have to step up into this area ?

What's above these 2 rooms?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: how can you raise a low ceiling

Are there other rooms with higher ceilings or lower floors? Are the ceilings suspended ceilings (metal grids with tiles)?
Jack

A. Spruce
Re: how can you raise a low ceiling

Will definitely need more info. Do you have a flat roof or a gabled roof? Can you post pic of the house, interior and exterior?

mean_willi
Re: how can you raise a low ceiling

All, yes you have to step up at least 3 feet. there is a celler that runs under it. The "house" was built in 1940, may have started off as one room. that room has a pitch roof and then another roof line comes into into it. total "attic" look to be about 3 or 4 feet. ok, I have uploaded a really bad drawing of the roof line, mind you this is not a perspective view. is that called a hitched roof? anyone that can be of help, thank you, also it is kind of an L shaped "house" with the bathroom and the bedroom being under another roof line, those are not too bad, higher than 6-3 maybe 6-6. Thank goodness I am short
and I wish it had a supended ceiling, nope it is sheet rock and joist as far as I know
Willi

ps my picture was to large to post

canuk
Re: how can you raise a low ceiling

The sketch is ..... ummmm ... nice but .... doesn't help a whole lot.

You can use a file host like photobucket to post larger file sized pictures.

It's sounding like you should have a contractor come out and see first hand what can be done..... sounds a bit of a hodge pot.

For what it's worth.

mean_willi
Re: how can you raise a low ceiling

Great idea, please do not laugh at it, it is paid for and I do not have the funds nor do I want to get into hock to build a new house, trying to do a smiple semi retired thing.
http://s378.photobucket.com/albums/oo229/mean_willi/

canuk
Re: how can you raise a low ceiling

Geez .... with a name like mean willi no way i would laugh.:D

it's pretty hard to tell from here what's going on with how things are framed to cause issues with ceiling height .... let alone to make suggestions.

It really would be best to have somone come out there to see first hand.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: how can you raise a low ceiling

Yes it is very hard to tell from the pics. The one suggestion that might fall in with your budget would be to remove the roof and install a new truss system that lifts the ceiling. Not sure if $5K will handle the whole job unless you do most of the work yourself. Removing the roof and building up the walls may be another option. I would suggest you contact a local contractor for some ideas and a quote.
Jack

canuk
Re: how can you raise a low ceiling

Have to say it's a very unusual situation there.

Assuming the entrance door is 80 inches that would mean the ceiling joists are right on top of the door .... what's there for a header ???

BTW .... mean willi .... you might clean out the gutters in the meantime.

mean_willi
Re: how can you raise a low ceiling

thanks for all the feed back, will have to find a contractor next time I go back there. See what he has to say... for now short friends. did get the gutters cleaned out last time I was there.
Thank you, Willi

TV Listings

Find TV listings for This Old House and Ask This Old House in your area.