ceiling height for 3 level home

lmb4jcJune 17, 2014

We are building a custom home with 9' ceilings on the first floor. will the exterior look okay if we do 9' on the 2nd floor? Architect says it will look "top heavy" and recommends 8' on second, but that is too low for us. Don't really want 10' on main floor as costs for windows, doors, cabinets and trim goes up. We are having a finished 3rd level so adding volume ceilings to just the master BR/BA is not an option.

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Your architect is correct about the proportions. Especially if this is one of those wide and deep and already roof top heavy plans like so many of the mills turn out these days. 8' is more than tall enough for rooms where you spend the majority of time in them with your eyes closed asleep. Put the height and space into the public rooms where you live the majority of your life. That's not the bedrooms. Or bathrooms.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 9:53AM
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The proof will be in the elevation drawing. Until one is drawn the architect cannot know that it will appear "top heavy" especially if there will be a 3rd floor above it. The architect should be able to design a well proportioned house with all ceiling heights at 9 ft.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 10:11AM
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We have a mix of 9 and 8 ft ceilings upstairs (we didn't build the house) and I much prefer the rooms with 9 ft.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 11:46AM
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Our previous home had 9' ceilings up and down...and looked perfectly fine. It was a colonial style 2 story. I think window sizes could be adjusted if "top-heavy" is a concern...but I can't imagine that it would be. Every home in our previous neighborhood (production builder) had 9' ceilings up and down...none of the many house facades looked at all strange.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 2:05PM
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The older row houses that have 14, 12, 10, 8 foot ceilings or 12, 10, 9, 8 foot ceilings on ascending floors look more graceful than the new construction 9,9,9,9 or 10,9,9,9 houses in the same neighborhood. It's a subtle difference, and maybe most people don't notice it, but I think it makes a difference.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 2:27PM
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We have 9' in the basement, 10' on the main floor, and 8' on the 2nd floor, which is all bedrooms and bathrooms.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 2:41PM
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