Enclosing Vaulted Ceiling

Old 03-24-03, 06:54 AM
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Question Enclosing Vaulted Ceiling

I would like to install a dropped ceiling in my 15' x 17' family room, which currently has a vaulted ceiling. The ceiling is drywall attached directly to the rafters. There is also a 42x42 skylight in the ceiling. (I would like to add a few acrylic panels below it in the grid to retain the natural lighting.)

Once enclosed, there would be no ventilation in this space. However, I can access the attic space above the kitchen, dining room, and garage by cutting through the wall above the dropped ceiling at one end of the family room. There is a ventilator fan on the roof for this space. Also, I suppose I could cut access holes in the ceiling just above the outside wall to access the soffit vents.

Would doing this be sufficient to prevent any problems with heat/moisture build-up? If not, what are my other options?
Old 03-30-03, 03:40 PM
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You are opening a can of worms... 1st you are putting in a drop ceiling, you are going to have to install r-30 insulation on top.(weight issue) 2nd skylights are going to have to be framed down (tubes)to ceiling height so they to can be insulated and finished, you are not going to be able to install acrylic panels. 3rd you are going to have to cut out the bottom foot or so of sheetrock to allow soffit ventilation to enter that air space and the top foot or so to allow the heat to escape out the roof vent. Way to much work to accomplish? Good luck

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