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 Post subject: "inside out" Ceilings
PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 2:52 pm 
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Hi Everyone, first post here.

I've been reading through lots of topics as I'm in the early planning stages of my build. One thing that's conme up a few times is the "inside out" wall/ceiling design. This was a new idea to me, and as I have a limited space a very interesting one.

One thing I've not been able to work out or find the answer to with a search is exactly how its constructed (particularly the ceiling). Mostly, how is the leaf attached to the frame? Is it attached from above, or are individual pieces set indise the studwork and fixed from below?

Sorry if this seems a daft question, as I said, I'm still new and learning!

Many thanks.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2021 3:33 am 
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Welcome here. Never built one. But I have frequently recommended omitting or removing plasterboard, exposing the beams and the void leading up to the floor above. Fill this with light fibre, cover with fabric. Could you clarify what you mean by 'leaf' and 'frame'

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2021 5:20 am 
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Hi DanDan, probably not using the correct terms yet (still learning!) by frame I mean the joists/studwork and by leaf I mean the osb/plasterboard (i'm certain I used the wrong term there!)


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2021 2:00 pm 
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It can be done both ways...

If you have adequate height above the proposed ceiling then put the beams across on a ledger attached to the wall studs, then put the boards on top of the beams and nail from above and below.

If you do not have enough space to realistically do that then you can build ceiling modules, this is where you put your beams up with some cross members, then on the ground build some ceiling modules with more timber framing and fix the plasterboard layers to the top of this framing, then lift the whole module into the space between the beams above and attach the module framing to the beams through the sides.

There are quite a few threads with pictures of this latter method if you try and search.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2021 2:12 pm 
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Hey everyone! I am an absolute newbie at this, but I am in the process of building an inside out room and wanted to chip in.

I have an 8 foot by 6 foot free-standing, inside out, room-within-a-room. The plan is for the 2x4 ceiling joists to be held up by a 2x4 joist hangers, screwed into the frame, which will give me both the support to lay 3 layers of 5/8ths drywall on top of the room, and the cavities to stuff the ceiling with insulation, and then staple fabric up. If my insulation keeps wanting to fall down, I plan on using Insulation Support ties to keep them in place.

Good luck! I will hopefully be putting up my joists and drywall in the next couple of weeks.


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