I'm buying my first house (we close in one week!!) and I'm remodeling almost the whole house before moving in. One thing I'm considering is putting in a cathedral ceiling on the 2nd floor. I'm not a carpenter, just a DIY guy who's watched a lot of This Old House, bu here is what I know:
Pros to doing this:
- It's a gable roof, very simple. I think (but I don't know) that it's a 45 degree angle.
- Small footprint, only about 14 x 24 ft or 336 sq ft (rough measurements) and rafters are 24" apart on center
- It's an old house, over 100 years old, and the stick frame uses quality 2x's and no trusses
- the existing lathe and plaster would have to be repaired anyways because of cracks and water stains
- the ceilings are pretty low and a cathedral ceiling would give us space for ceiling fans
- there's very little insulation (blown cellulose) in the small existing loft so no big loss
- I have to go into the loft and rip it all up to get the old tube and knob wiring out anyways so might as well just knock it out
- installing new electrical wires all throughout so if it's demo'd to the frame then that would be easier
- opportunity for exposed "beams"
- there's no ridge beam or ridge board!!
- the 2x6s rafters are obviously not deep enough to fit enough insulation in (unless it's the expensive stuff) so I will likely have to deepen them with 2x4s or 2x6s
- this will make an already narrow room feel even narrower
- will have to worry about roof venting. As it sits, there is just one gable vent and that's it.
So, my main question (though I'm open to any advice and why, why nots) is this: Can I do this without a ridge board? Can a ridge board be (realistically) installed??
Here is something I drew up. Will this work? (illustration is not to proportion at all)
Any other way to do this? Any other problems you can forsee? THANK YOU!
Here is the view from inside the attick/crawlspace. You can see there is no ridge board, but there is some hefty roof decking:
And a view from the room (we might knock down the closet walls and make two small bedrooms into one). As you can see the ceiling is low and a "quasi-cathedral" ceiling (if you know what term is actually used to describe a ceiling like then than please let me know what it is!)
And finally, the house. Our new home! A lot of work to do...