I was wondering if anyone had experience with this idea. I recently tore off my ceilng tiles with plans to insulate and vapour barrier but started thinking that I could really make the room feel bigger by raising the ceiling a couple feet. The room is a hip rafter addition off a gable end wall, it comes out three or four rafters before the hip starts. The ridge beam looks to be 2×10 and the hip rafters the same, everything else is 2×4. The ceiling joists are butted 2x4s with a splice plate connection (major deflection and loose) spanning approx 20 feet. If I installed collar ties 2 feet up from where the ceiling joists are would this still be sufficeint enough to prevent the walls from pushing out? I’ve always heard that 1/3 the rafter span is doable. I made the mistake of telling my wife the idea and she loves it! ive got to make it happen now!
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