Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Update on Ceiling Vaulting Project

I couldn't resist posting this photo of Traveler as he walked down the hall just as I took a photo of our new pendant light in the hallway.  On to the update below...


We have undetaken the project of vaulting our front living room.  The first step was to move 18 inches (deep) of blown in cotton insulation.  Not looking forward to this...

However, a stroke of genius on my part made it so much easier...yep, that's a leaf blower!  If you haven't ever cleaned your gutters using a leaf blower you must do it.  Takes a several hour project and makes it into a 20 minute project.  That is where this idea sprung from!

The room prior to any demolition but after having moved most of the furniture out.  Only a few baskets of magazines moved together and a table needed to be moved and onto the demo phase...

And just like that the virgin ceiling had a big hole in it...no turning back now!

Demo continues...
That's our in house contractor, Jerry (aka my Dad), who makes all of this possible with his skill and mind blowing know how!

This mess is why we enclosed the room off form the rest of the house to avoid dust.  YUCK!

This is what the ceiling looks like with all the drywall removed.  Notice that the joists are ~ 24 inches apart.  the next step is to leave every 4th joist removing the 2 in between and then move 2 together.  You want to make sure that the integrity of the wall remains as these help to hold the outside wall and roof up.  Moving them further apart will open it up and make it look less busy so the eye looks up into...a vaulted ceiling.

Next we continue to move the rest of the joists.  Then put into new baffles in the ceiling for ventilation, followed by insulation, new drywall way up along the angled roof line, electricity, lights on the joists and tongue and groove cladding on the ceiling.  Will keep you updated.


1 comment:

Ben Chadney said...

Man you are brave! Nice job too. I have been thinking of doing this to my house too. What did you use for insulation? Any updated photos?