High ceilings on home can add tremendous space, drama, and impact to your room. They make the entire space feel more open and airy. However, not every home was built with high ceilings. For instance, many older homes have low, flat ceilings that can cause residents to feel claustrophobic. Our current redevelopment project right now in Dove Trail Dallas has low ceilings in the kitchen but we raised it up to match the ceilings in the living room. See pictures below:
Are you finding yourself dreaming of high ceilings? If so, here are some guidelines for how to raise your roof and what you need to know beforehand. If raising the roof isn’t in the cards for your home just yet, we’ve also got some of the best tricks for opening up a room.
Can I Raise My Roof?
The very first step in raising your roof is to determine whether or not it’s actually possible. If you have an attic, then there is a high probability you can raise the ceiling in the room beneath it. If you don’t have an attic, check the plans to your home to find out about your roof—specifically your roof structure. Generally, there are two types of roof structures: stick and truss. Truss roofs are the ones that are easier (and most commonly) raised. You can still raise stick roofs, but it will most likely require you to tear down the existing roof and rebuild the structure.
Please note, you will need a building permit if you plan to raise your ceiling—especially if you will also be modifying your roof-line. Contact the residential permit department in your area to find out more about requesting a permit. If you choose to hire a roof contractor, they will pull the permit for you. Failure to obtain the right permit for the job before you start may seem like you’re saving time and money, but you’re smarter than that. Not having the proper permits if something goes wrong or if you try to sell your home will just cause a bigger headache in the end. Trust us on this, get your permit before you start working on your roof!
What if I Just Want to Raise My Ceilings?
If you want to just raise your ceiling, you will still need to pull the appropriate permit from your city government. In most cases, raising the ceiling means your home will now boast vaulted ceilings! But it’s more than just tearing down your old ceiling. Your contractor will work with structural engineers to ensure that your ceiling and roof are still strong enough to support your home and keep you protected from the elements. Depending on your home’s structure, they may still have to strip your ceiling to the studs and rebuild from there—as they would if they had to rebuild your roof—or they may just have to add load-bearing walls after they demolish the old ceiling to create the vaulted ceilings.