Learning how to make a vaulted ceiling requires a lot of research, but will leave a lasting impression on your room forever. Making a vaulted ceiling is a task that any skilled individual can complete, but it is best to install a vaulted ceiling before the construction of your home is even complete. Before you start any vaulted ceiling project in your home, do some research in order to determine if it is possible.
To make a vaulted ceiling, you will need:
- Drywall boards
- Drywall plaster
- Drywall screws
- A power screwdriver
- A drywall saw
- A ladder
- A tape measure
- A pencil
- Insulation (R-38)
- Thick plastic
- Double-sided tape
- Insulation glue
- Drywall mesh
- First, contact a local structural engineer to come in and look at your existing roof structure. Since most individuals choose to create a vaulted ceiling in an existing room using an existing roof structure, it is necessary first to find out if the structure is able to support being a vaulted ceiling. Consult the engineer to find out if there are any electrical wires, plumbing or gas lines that run through the ceiling which is now in existence above your room. Any of these in the ceiling can drastically set back your vaulted ceiling process.
- Once it has been checked by a structural engineer and determined fit for the job, you may consider fixing the ceiling first. Clean up the exposed wood structure. Apply insulation glue to all the surfaces between the wood frames, and install insulation by pressing it gently against the insulation glue. This will keep the insulation in place while you proceed to installing the drywall.
- Place double-sided tape on the wood frame structure. Place the thick plastic sheet over the entire ceiling surface, pressing firmly on the double-sided tape. This will add additional insulation and prevent air leakage in the ceiling.
- Install the drywall for the ceiling in the room above the designated room for the vaulted ceiling. This is done by beginning at the very center point of the ceiling and working your way towards the wall. Install the drywall by screwing the drywall into the joist every fourteen inches. Cut the drywall to fit into tight spaces, and cut out any space for light fixtures or skylights.
- Apply drywall mesh to any meeting points. These points will be most prominent in the location where each drywall piece meets the next, as well as the center of the ceiling. Apply drywall plaster to all of the cracks and over each nail on the surface. Allow the drywall plaster to dry for twenty-four hours before you sand it to a smooth finish. You may need to apply a second coat of drywall plaster.
- Remove the existing ceiling in the room. You must remove this ceiling to create the opening up to the vaulted ceiling. If there are any electrical wires, have an electrician come in and disconnect them from the ceiling first. Break the ceiling out completely, extending to every wall in the room.
- Once you remove the ceiling, drywall the damage on the wall. This is done in the same manner as the ceiling. First insulate the wall, and continue with the drywall process. Once you have sanded this surface, you can now paint both the ceiling and the walls in the room, and enjoy your vaulted ceiling. You can also treat the exposed wood frame and leave it open to the room below.
If you plan to use the room above your vaulted ceiling, this will require a more extensive process that requires you to raise the floor level in order to create the vault.
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