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Great Room Ceilings | What's the best ceiling height?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jul 06, 2016 @ 11:07 AM

Photos of great room ceilings:

What's the ideal height for you great room or living room ceiling? How tall are most ceilings in a new home? How tall are two story ceilings? Are vaulted living rooms considered "two story"?

Get answers to these home design questions, with 13 examples of great room ceiling heights - with photos of 8', 9', 10', 14', and even 20' to 24'. 

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Sample Ceiling Heights:

Take a look at some common ceiling heights, with tips on when to vary how tall rooms should be.

14' Great Room Ceiling

This 14' ceiling leaves room for massive Half Round windows above the French doors, and gives the fireplace wainscoting enough distance to pull the eye upwards in classic Southern style.

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20' Tall Great Room - 2.5 Story Ceiling

Here is an example of a 2.5 story "Ship's Prow" wall of windows. The ceiling is 20 feet tall inside a custom mountain house floor plan.

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11' Great Room Ceiling Height

Staggering between ceiling heights can give open concept floor plans more visual separation between rooms. This great room ceiling is 11 feet tall. The kitchen/breakfast ceiling is 9 feet tall. The step up into the great room leaves room for a coffer ceiling (a cross beam design).

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9' Great Room Ceiling Height

A craftsman style great room - with built in bookcases on each side of the fireplace - is 9 feet tall.

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Vaulted Great Room Ceilings

Are vaulted living rooms are considered "two story" rooms? Yes, according to many architects, floor plans with vaulted ceilings are considered two story rooms.

Here's an example of a single-sided vault:

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This living room is an example of two ceiling styles. A vault stretches from the backyard-facing window wall. A "standard" ceiling height runs underneath the upstairs hallway/balcony.  

And here's an example of a two-sided vault: 

The double vaultleaves room for a second row of windows in this keeping room.

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Here's another example of a two sided vault, with a wall of windows below:

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From another angle, you can see both sides of the ceiling vault:

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Tall Vault Ceiling

This vault has an extended height ceiling, designed to fit picture windows.

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(10' First Floor Wall Height. The vault starts at 11' for extended window wall height.)

Two Story Great Room Ceiling Height

How tall are "two story ceilings"? Inside Stanton Homes, a two story ceiling is generally going to be 18 feet tall. Why? Here's the math:

9' first floor + 8' second floor + approx. 1' of "floor" between the levels = 18'

Two Story Great Rooms

This great room is a full 18' two story height, making space for a full wall of windows inside this mountain home style floor plan. Read some myths about two story ceilings, here.

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Here is an example of a contemporary two story, urban loft style great room.

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Contemporary Luxury Curved Wall Two Story Height

A curved wall can make a two story ceiling feel even higher.

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Traditional Classic Two Story Ceiling

A stacked stone fireplace races to the top of this two story living room:

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See our entire great room photo gallery, here.

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How a Custom Home Gets Painted

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 @ 13:06 PM

Process for Painting New Homes Under Construction:

New homes are under construction in the Horizon neighborhood of Pittsboro, a popular area for homes on acreage within Chatham County, NC.

Want to know more about the home building process? See photos of homes under construction, with details on all the steps it takes to paint the interior - with major milestones to build, below.

Ever walked through a home under construction and wondered what it takes to get all those colors on the walls?  

English Country Style Home - Under Construction

What's the process for painting a new home?

  1. Tape and plastic
  2. Primer 
  3. First coat main color
  4. First coat accent color
  5. First coat trim
  6. Second coat, with more details completed
  7. Finish rest of house - no more paint yet!  
  8. Final touch up entire home, multi-day process


 The exterior is stone and cement fiberboard with white porch columns, flagstone porch, and metal roofing accents.

English Country Style Home

 Inside the foyer, archways open to the formal dining and living room. The staircase divides these two high-traffic areas.

English Country Style Home

A wall of windows opens up the great room - with island kitchen beyond.

 English Country Style Home

The kitchens shares a breakfast area, with glass french door leading to indoor-outdoor living spaces.  Another Custom Home step, see those "stains" on the floor?  Those are stain samples, so that the homeowner or designer can select the very best color for the site finished hardwoods to match the interior paint, cabinetry, and countertops.  

English Country Style Home

The his and hers master bathroom leads into the walk in closet with tons of built in shelving.


Master suite trey ceiling and window wall open up the first floor bedroom space.



 Inside the formal dining room, wainscoting trim and two-tone walls are beautiful touches - and check out the trey ceiling curves!  


 Tall ceilings, well-placed windows, and archway openings keep light, bright spaces flowing throughout this Chatham County custom home.

Major new home building milestones include: 

  1. Lot Clearing
  2. Foundation
  3. Framing
  4. Plumbing and Electrical
  5. Drywall
  6. Flooring
  7. Painting

About New Homes Under Construction in Chatham County:

Two Stanton Homes, The Blueridge and The Cassiopeia, are now under construction.  

The Cassiopeia is a main floor master home for sale with 3,144 sq ft, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms. New home address: 65 Brookhaven Way, Pittsboro, NC.


Stanton Homes in the Horizon Neighborhood:

Lots in the Horizon neighborhood range from the 80s to 100s. Homes in the Horizon neighborhood range from the 400s to 600s. For more cost information, contact Stanton Homes.

Stanton Homes builds extraordinary custom homes in Horizon, with outstanding craftsmanship and top quality materials. We'll help you find, modify or design a custom home you'll love to live in, with free initial design services from our architectural and interior designers. Stanton Homes is an industry-leading builder of traditional, universal design, fully accessible, certified green, geothermal and energy saving homes — with some of the best guarantees in the business.

Learn more about building a home in Horizon - contact Stanton Homes.


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