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cwilliams321 12-20-2005 02:00 PM

Built-in book case/Display shelf in knee wall between 2 gabel dormers
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I'm considering making built-in shelfs in 3 walls between 2 gabel dormers. I'm pretty confident that there is no problem doing this in the knee wall that runs parallel to the two existing dormers. However any tips will be appreciated!

Where I'm most uncertain is how to add the built-in in the wall that is located under the dormer side walls. I've done a little research and have the impression that the gabel dormer should be supported by the rafters. Is this correct?

Does anyone have any comments or resources that I could seek on the internet or library?

Can anyone also comment if it's necessary to insulate the backside of the bookcase?

Square Eye 01-27-2006 03:43 PM

Nice house,

Put 2x6 headers over the top to support the rafters if you cut out any knee wall studs. The dormers are usually supported by the wall studs in the dormer, the load is then supported by the floor.

Built-ins in the sidewalls of the dormer? Never seen it done.

By all means,, DO insulate the back of the bookcases. They will be the final barrier between the cold attic air and the warm interior of your house. AND in the summer, the cool air from your air-conditioner will cool your book case and the back wall will condense moisture in the attic space. While you're at it, put the vapor barrier on the back of the case before you install it. Then you can insulate it from behind.

Tom in KY, warm, dry, safe.

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