Removing 2nd floor ceiling joists

I have been talking the talk, now it’s time to walk the walk.

To have enough space for the attic insulation, I will need to lower the ceiling towards the south end of the building. To be precise, I need to lower the ceiling in the kitchen, 1/2 bath, guest bedroom, pantry, and part of the corridor and bathroom.


The 2 by 6 old growth ceiling joists run all the way across the building. We were cutting them at the load bearing wall, which got them to a length at which we could handle them, wiggle them out of their masonry pockets, lower them and stow them away.

I should fill the open masonry pockets. Actually, there are quite a few masonry repair items I should take care of.

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About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

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