Cutting ceiling joists in garage?


Old 04-16-08, 10:15 AM
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Cutting ceiling joists in garage?

I have a double garage that I would like to build a storage loft in the back of. Originally the plan was to build it 10' across the 17' width, have a 4' depth and come down 32" from the existing ceiling which would put it's height at 78".
Now I'm wondering if I can safely remove parts of the ceiling joists to allow for more headroom up there.
Unfortunately the slope of the roof runs front to back, as do the joists so 4 of those joists run through my proposed area.
Is there a way to cut and reinforce these?
Can I at least move them up higher.

This loft will be storage only, nothing too heavy.


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Old 04-17-08, 03:27 AM
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Good morning and welcome to the DIY forums.

It's not a great idea to remove parts of the ceiling joists without a professional opinion. Those joists are integral to the support of your structure.

Please draw up a plan with your proposed changes and take it to your city or county planning and zoning department. They will be able to tell you exactly what is permissible for your safety and within building codes.


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