Dropped ceiling height
New to this site and in need of some sound opinions about an issue I've run into. I bought a new-build condo and it's just about complete. After having a chance to walk-through before completion, I noticed that the 9' ceilings which are very important to me, especially in a smaller space, have been cut down to 8' to route ductwork.
I do understand that ventilation needs to go somewhere but I was expecting routing above the kitchen cabinets, or as a small bulkhead along the top of the wall, but in my case, they have lowered the entire kitchen, hallway, half of the dining room area and both bathrooms to 8 feet. After some calculations, it's about 40% of the 1000 sq foot unit, which I believe is totally unreasonable.
The condo feels more boxed-in and doesn't have the same airy feel which to me has lessened the 'wow' factor. I know this because the identical unit next to me does not suffer from this same ceiling drop. Seems their ducting has been routed through my ceiling.
I've included a pic for reference. I have a pic of the neighbouring unit but seems I can only post 1 pic? What do you fine GW folk think? And what can/should I do about this?
Appreciate any insight.