exposed trusses in kitchen and LR?
For some weird reason our 1980's split level ranch has has less than 8" tall ceilings in the upstairs (7'6"). The daylight basement part is fine with 8' 8" ceilings. Over We are now gutting out the upstairs and expanding and remodeling the kitchen & breakfast nook area. We very much want to vault the ceiling or do something that will make the ceiling taller and more open (has always felt too low).
The truss designer and engineer our contractor went to decided the only way to vault is to remove the entire existing roof, put on new scissor trusses, and reroof, etc. This is VERY costly, quite complicated, and would delay finishing our project until dry weather (we live in a wet cold part of the Northwest). The price is quoted at $40K to end up with 16' wide vaulted area instead of the existing flat 7'6" ceiling.
Our contractor suggested instead we should think about removing the ceiling sheet rock and exposing the trusses (10 of them, spaced 2' on center). They would wrap the trusses with nice stained veneer, insulate between the top boards and add tongue-and-groove on the new "ceiling' part. Then, they would add a series of skylights on the north side. Sounds interesting, but seems way too clutterd with the trusses every 2 feet.
Does anyone have any experience with this kind of thing? Would it be possible to beef up the truss system and then remove every other one (4 of them) to give 4' spacing? Of course we would have to go to an engineer on this, but just are trying to figure out what to even consider at this point.
Thank you for any and all feedback and suggestions!