DIY vaulted ceiling

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A vaulted ceiling can add a dramatic and open feeling to your home. It is possible to vault ceilings in your home without hiring a contractor but you should be comfortable with taking on such a large project and should have previous experience with plasteboard.

Great care and consideration should be taken before embarking on such a project and you will want to make sure that you contact a professional before you begin construction.


Before beginning your project, you will need to contact a structural engineer and have her come out to your home for a quick field visit. The structural engineer will be able to give you instructions and drawings of how to proceed without compromising the roof structure. Failure to follow professional suggestions may result in structural damage and it is also quite possible that your roof could collapse. You may also face preservation issues if your home is listed. Another worthy consideration is upgrading and remodelling while you have the opportunity of open plasterboard and exposed walls. It would be the perfect opportunity to easily add skylights to the top of your ceiling. You may also want to consider a hidden or recessed sound theatre system before construction is finished. While you have the ceiling open, it is a great time to install speakers and handle all of the low voltage wiring. If you find yourself with easier access to your attic after demolition consider installing a blank conduit that extends to the electrical panel in your home. Also, if possible, try to go ahead and install new low voltage CAT 5 wiring in as many as locations as possible while your house is undergoing construction. Any opportunity to add value and appeal to your home should be taken advantage of whenever possible. Installing the latest in technology is a great way to improve living in your home as well as making it more attractive to potential buyers.

Cost and materials

Cost is largely determined by the space of the room you want to construct the ceiling in as well as the structure of your home. Dependent upon the advice you receive from the structural engineer, you may need to take additional measures to add support or work around certain structures. Any additional support structures or having to work around certain areas will typically cost more time and money. For an average room, about 4.5 by 6 m (15 x 20 feet) you can expect to pay about £13,000 for products and equipment. If you are considering adding the built in home entertainment system you can expect to pay at least £390 for speakers, volume controls and wiring. You can find skylights at your local DIY centre starting as low as £78.