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Lowering Garage Ceiling to Create Attic Storage Space

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Old 07-08-08, 05:42 PM
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Lowering Garage Ceiling to Create Attic Storage Space

Hi,

My husband and I are wondering if we can lower our garage ceiling in order to create more height in the attic above for storage purpose. The whole garage is 15 ft tall. It's currently 10 ft from the garage floor to the ceiling, leaving 5 ft height for the attic. There is a heavy beam that currently runs in the middle of the ceiling (or attic floor, not sure how to call it technically) to support the ceiling. We are thinking if we could lower the ceiling/platform above for 2 ft we will be able to have more room in the attic(right now you can only crawl making moving stored items very difficult!) However, we are not sure if it is safe to simply remove all the joists and reset them at 2 ft below. Will it create any structural issue?

As far as the research we've done, the roof is stick-framed.

Any advice or experience with it?
 
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Old 07-08-08, 09:04 PM
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My guess is it's a much bigger job than you imagine. I've never even heard if it being done.
 
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Old 07-09-08, 09:47 AM
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Re:Lowering Garage Ceiling to Create Attic Storage Space

We got mixed opions, some say it's definitely doable, just remove the joists and lower them down, while some other say it's possible, but we should consult a structural engineer (who costs $150/hr in this area just to consult!).
 
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Old 07-09-08, 08:27 PM
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I would say if you have to ask, you'd better get an engineer as suggested.
 
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