Architectural Design: How High for Ceilings in a Cozy Home? | Bethesda MD

ca5cdc8d-aa08-4b8b-a114-1cc1478a2f3d-thumbWhen it comes to architectural design, one of the factors to consider is the ceiling height desired. Cathedral ceilings have seen a rise and fall in popularity, with the 2-story ceilings in family rooms and entryways becoming less important to Maryland and Virginia homebuyers. According to an article by The Chicago Tribune, ceilings used to soar but now homeowners are choosing the cozy feel offered by lower ceilings. One of the hidden drawbacks of having vaulted and cathedral ceilings is the fact that artwork, lighting and other features have to be large and loud to be noticed. During the holiday time, even a Christmas tree needs to be the largest one on the lot to make a statement under a cathedral ceiling. Whether you want to renovate an existing home to add or remove drop ceilings or are thinking about the architectural design of a new custom home, consider the trends as well as your own preferences.

Following the down-to-earth trend

Lately, the trend in architectural design and interior design has been leaning toward organic, natural and “green.” Experts say it takes more energy to cool and heat up a home with cathedral ceilings. Also, high ceilings don’t provide the feeling of coziness and warmth some people desire. Some larger homes with two-story entryways and Great Rooms also have Juliet balconies and second-story bridges that look down to the living area below, which is appealing even today to some homeowners.

Using space for practical purposes

Experts say having cathedral ceilings can be wasted space for people who want to use space on the second floor for bedrooms, offices or lofts. After buying a home with cathedral ceilings, it’s not impossible to renovate to add drop ceilings or additions on the second floor. When budgeting for a new custom home, think about whether you rather spend money on high ceilings versus a gourmet kitchen or upgraded flooring.

Even though 18-feet ceilings in the Great Room may feel too cold and austere for some, having slightly higher ceilings in bedrooms can make people feel less claustrophobic. Experts say many homebuyers are asking for 9 feet ceilings instead of the standard 8 feet ceilings for many rooms of the home.

At Natelli Homes, we build spectacular custom homes in Maryland and Virginia. For more information about ceiling heights as well as options for custom homes, remodeling, renovations and new home additions, please contact us.