9 or 10 ft ceilings on the 1st floor

abekkerJune 6, 2014

Please help!!! We are building a 3500 sq ft home.

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abekker

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    Bookmark   June 6, 2014 at 10:52PM
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abekker

Sorry about the plan being sideways

    Bookmark   June 6, 2014 at 10:54PM
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carp123

i'd say 10' is becoming the new norm for a large custom home. the subdivision town homes in my area (outside of Toronto) are all 9' now. I think you can't go wrong with 9 or 10. We are doing 10' on the first floor and 9' on second...ours is 3800 sqft.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2014 at 11:27PM
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Michelle

Ditto what carp said. Ours is 3500 too. 10' first floor, 9' second story.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2014 at 11:34PM
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abekker

Originally we planned to do 9 on the 1st floor and 8 one the 2nd, but with all the bedrooms having a bumped up ceiling to 9 (like a soffit at 8 ft), then my architect suggested going with 10 on the 1st floor, but keeping the same 8 ft upstairs, which to me just didn't feel right, so I raised the whole 2nd floor to 9, but now I am having second thoughts.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2014 at 11:44PM
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abekker

Do you having anything extra in the master like a trey ceiling?

    Bookmark   June 6, 2014 at 11:47PM
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golfergirl29

A builder pointed out that with a 9 ft ceiling, I can use standard length doors and windows. The 10 ft requires taller doors and windows. I can bump up in certain areas to make it seem like 10 without doing the whole house (but mine is 1-story).

    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 1:26PM
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musicgal

If you go 10, it will feel more expansive and expensive:-) But, I am loving our 10 foot ceilings and 8 foot doors. I see you have a lovely piano. Nice.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 3:47PM
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musicgal

BTW- We have tray ceilings in two of our rooms with indirect lighting above the trim. And... on your other thread, ignore the bashers. Best wishes on your build.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 3:50PM
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abekker

Thank you all for your help.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 8:34AM
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abekker

I love the rope lighting look. Not sure which room to choose for it.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 10:30PM
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Skyangel23

we will have 10 ft. ceilings. Production builds do 9 ft. I definitely would not go lower than 9 ft. 10 is really nice to, though.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 11:37PM
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neroselover

We did 10 on our main floor and 8 upstairs for the bedrooms.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 12:35AM
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abekker

Neroselover, do you regret not doing 9 upstairs? My architect offered 10 and 8 upstairs, but I am afraid the height difference will be very noticeable.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 8:09AM
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neroselover

We aren't in the house yet - about 2 - 3 months out still, but it hasn't really bothered me.

We have 8 ft. in our bedrooms right now and it's fine. Any company that we have over will not be in our upstairs, as it's only bedrooms, so they won't see it.

Our own bedroom (upstairs) in the new house is vaulted.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 11:27AM
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abekker

Thanks.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 2:45PM
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northpolehome

We are doing 10 ft on the main floor as well, with regular doors. Our current house has double vaulted ceilings for most of the main floor, and we only have regular doors. We will have 9 ft in the basement, but only 8 ft on the 2nd floor. Same with neroselover, only bedrooms upstairs. But I would have changed it if I had the chance at the beginning (complicated negotiations). If I change it now, the builder will charge me an arm and a leg, maybe more haha! I love chandeliers so I am not loving the 8ft :/

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 4:20PM
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snuffycuts99

Wow, so many people doing 10 ft. on the main floor. Now I'm second guessing the fact that we went with 9 ft. But the foyer and great room are two story rooms...if they weren't I think I would have gone with 10 ft. I like open and airy.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 7:47PM
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neroselover

We are doing 9 ft. in the basement, like northpolehome. So, 10 ft. on main, 8 ft. upstairs for bedrooms (master is vaulted), and 9 ft in the basement.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 11:35PM
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nepool

We are doing 12 ft in the foyer, 15ft vaulted family/dining room, 10 ft in the study, and 9 ft everywhere else including the basement. We have a ranch with a walkout basement so very flexible when it comes to selecting heights.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 8:35PM
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AngelaZ

Our architect convinced us that visually, they eye doesn't truly appreciate much difference between 9' and 10' ceilings.

We were fine with 9' (except for the vaulted living room) in our home because we want it to feel cozy (even at 3000 sq feet). Our last house had 10' ceilings that did make it seem very open, but 9' seemed to suit our house plan this time.

Also, another factor I won't deny considering- if I'm not wrong, there is a noticeable price jump in going to 10' due to the extra framing, drywall and painting?

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 8:40PM
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zorroslw1

I would do 9 ft down and 8 ft up to cozy the bedrooms.
We have a 1 story and have 13 ft vaulted in the great room, kitchen, dining
And 8 ft elsewhere. Haven't moved in yet, but wanted space in the living areas.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2014 at 3:30PM
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Zoe52

We are building a fully custom home. Both first and second floor have 9' ceilings with two story front foyer and great room. The Bonus room over the garage which we will be finishing for my husband's office has 8' ceilings.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2014 at 4:34PM
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Michelle

As you can see from my post in June, I had planned on 10' ceilings on main floor. But it was one of the casualties of the budget cuts we did. We're just finishing up framing and ended up with 9' on all three floors. I'm really really bummed I didn't fight harder for my 10'. I'm really noticing the lower height, especially in designing the fireplace and builtins.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2014 at 4:44PM
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Michelle

As you can see from my post in June, I had planned on 10' ceilings on main floor. But it was one of the casualties of the budget cuts we did. We're just finishing up framing and ended up with 9' on all three floors. I'm really really bummed I didn't fight harder for my 10'. I'm really noticing the lower height, especially in designing the fireplace and builtins.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2014 at 4:52PM
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