Post # 1
I’ve been looking at houses, and have seen a couple now that are excellent deals. I’m willing to put up with a variety of other things some people would find irritating, but this was something I really wanted. Not sure I am willing to pay such a premium for it, though! What do you think?
ETA: By vaulted, I am referring to anything above standard height. Not necessarily just the soaring cathedral-like ceilings that were popular in the 70s or in very expensive homes.
Post # 3
They were definitely on our radar, especially in the entry way. Any time we went into a new construction home we felt claustrophobic in the entry way. We ended up with a lot of tall ceilings, and vaulted in the entry way, living room, dining and bedroom. It takes away from how many bedrooms this home could have but it’s nice and open and we like that. A lot of friends have flat regular ceilings and it just feels very closed in.
Post # 4
I made a checklist with the things I wanted in a house, in the order of priority. Vauted ceilings would be way down the list.
Post # 5
Soooo many more important things to consider. Vaulted ceilings in a house that checked off many other wants and needs would just be icing on the cake, but I wouldn’t take the icing instead of the cake 😛
Post # 6
My ceilings aren’t vaulted but they are 10 foot (upstairs and downstairs) and I have to say….after living here, I’m spoiled. I also have coffered ceilings in the living and dining room which are completely unnecessary but…it’s just one of those things. Once you have something nice, you don’t want to go without it. Homes with standard 8 foot celings feel really closed in to me now.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
@EffieTrinket: I do have to say that high ceilings are a must have on my list. not necessarily vaulted, but high enough that I can’t reach when standing on a chair. low ceilings are just too depressing and it does really make a big difference with how a room feels.
Post # 8
I don’t like vaulted ceilings, they’re a huge waste of energy for heating and a/c.
I do like higher than average, flat ceilings though, like around 9-10′.
Post # 9
I too am NOT a fan if vaulted ceilings. It may look good or give the appearance of a bigger space yet its wasted space inside your home. smaller bedrooms and less actual living space in a large home is not beneficial in my eyes
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
Our house has vaulted ceilings. While they look cool, I wouldn’t put it on a must-have list for our next house. It wasn’t a must-have for this house either, it was just an awesome house in our price range 😉 It’s tough to heat when everything is so open! Definitely over-rated. Plus, it’s really frustrating having a ceiling fan so high up that is impossible to reach, even with a broom. We can’t clean it. Oh, and it would be better to have more living space upstairs rather than just “air” space.
Post # 11
We have vaulted ceilings in our house and when our furnace went out and needed to be replaced, therefore our wiring had to be updated and blah blah, the vaulted ceilings actually became a HUGE problem. They didn’t have anyone small enough to fit up there, and there was a question as to whether or not they were going to have to cut pieces out of the ceiling.
After that I am very meh about vaulted ceilings. They look nice but in my experiences haven’t been worth the trouble
Post # 12
@a_day_at_the_fair: Good grief. I hadn’t even considered that! Hopefully it all worked out.
Post # 13
Places where it’s hot (I live in Arizona) vaulted ceilings are very nice to let the heat rise up. Places that are cold, I would imagine your heating bill would get quite large in the winter with vaulted ceilings. Somewhere in the middle, it may not matter either way.
Post # 15
We have one room with vaulted ceilings in my house, and it is my absolute favorite room. With the way our house is shaped (garage is in the basement area as we are built into the side of a hill.) The room that is vaulted makes absolute sense. The only pain with it so far has been painting, as we had to have a speical ladder instead of the two step ladder that we had bbeen using.
I am fairly tall, and so are my parents. Because of this, I prefer taller ceilings in almost every room.
Post # 16
@EffieTrinket: Vauted ceilings are a MUST have on my list. I feel so claustrophobic in spaces that don’t have them. I’m also the person who can’t live in a place with too many walls, though. Yes, I do complain about having walls. My ideal home would be one large, lofty space with vaulted ceilings.