Could you live comfortably with low ceiling?
Thought I'd throw this out to esteemed Old House experts and others on this forum to get some opinions.
Here's the situation. We've stripped our 1890 'farmhouse' down to the studs to discover that we either will have 7ft. tall ceilings on our main level(living, dining, kitchen) and 8ft. tall on the 2nd floor(bedrooms). We're thinking the former owners did some change up with ceiling heights when they turned the home into 3 apartmnets in the 50's, 70's or 80's. Perhaps they needed to increase height clearance on the 2nd floor.
Anyway, my husband is being pressured to tear out the 2nd floor to increase ceiling height on main level by my builder brother who thinks it would look horrible with only 7ft. tall ceilings. I've actually never given ceiling height much thought(our current home we live in has 8ft.) so I'm wondering if it will become a problem after living with it for awhile.
If we tear out the 2nd floor, it will take extra time and money to re-build and I just don't know if it's worth it. Our main level will have a more open-concept look with few walls between living, kitchen and dining rooms-would low ceilings detract from it somehow?
Just wondering what your thoughts are. My husband and I are pretty accomodating, we're not perfectionists and are not looking for this to be our 'dream' home. Ultimately, we realize we can live with shorter ceilings but are wondering if we're missing the big picture as my brother seems to think.