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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'. 


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.

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

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.

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder 

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).

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

9' Great Room Ceiling Height

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

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

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.

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

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

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

 

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

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

 

Tall Vault Ceiling

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

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

(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.

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

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

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder


Contemporary Luxury Curved Wall Two Story Height

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

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

Traditional Classic Two Story Ceiling

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

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

 

See our entire great room photo gallery, here.

 

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.

 


 

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Chatham County Property Tax Rates | Buying a New Home in Chatham County NC

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 @ 05:11 AM

Click Here for 2017 Chatham County Property Tax Rates

Chatham County 2011 Property Tax Guide

How Much Are Property Taxes in Chatham County

If you're considering a move to the greater Raleigh area, or just a relocation within the Triangle, you've probably wondered how much the yearly property taxes will be for your new home.

Chatham County NC | Property Taxes Chatham County NC

Where is Chatham County? Chatham County is located west of Wake County and south of Orange County and Alamance County.

Chatham County encompasses Pittsboro (the County Seat) Siler City, GoldstonSilk Hope, Bear Creek, and Bonlee.

Silk Hope, Bear Creek, and Fearrington Village are just a few popular areas to live in Chatham County. 

 

Find Out What District Your New Chatham County Home is Located In

Ask your real estate agent what fire district or town the property resides in.  If there's a particular home that you're considering, you can go directly to the Chatham County Tax Records site.  

The chart below shows the 2011 Chatham County property tax rates.  If you are relocating to a home inside a town or fire district, the tax rate will generally be higher.  If your new home will be outside of town boundaries, the tax rate can be extremely low.

The county rate gets combined with either the fire district rate or the town rate, depending on where the home for sale is located. For example, Pittsboro has a city rate of 0.3020, and the Chatham County rate is 0.6219.  Then just add the two together - the total property tax rate for Pittsboro, NC is 0.9239.

Chatham County NC Property Tax Rates 2011 | Property Taxes Chatham County NC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What will I actually pay in Pittsboro, Siler City, Goldston, or Bonlee property taxes?

The Chatham County property tax chart is not as confusing as it looks.  The tax rates are always based on the assessed value of the home, not the asking price, so you'll want to look up the assessed value, or ask your agent for it. 

  1. Take the assessed value of the property.
  2. Divide by 100.
  3. Multiply by the combined 2011 tax rate.
  4. This will give you the yearly tax amount, per 2011 fiscal year rates.

 

And just to give you an idea, here's a table of sample yearly tax payments for different sample assessed home values.

Chatham County NC Property Tax Rates 2011 | Property Taxes Chatham County NC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chatham County has some of the lowest property tax rates in the Triangle area.  There is no guarantee that tax rates will remain the same - check the Chatham County Property Tax page for most recent information.

As you can see, the Town of Siler City is one of the most expensive places to live in Chatham County NC. 

When looking at properties, don't take the "city" address for granted - you could be in a different county, with different tax rates, depending on where exactly the property is located.   

Want to Compare Property Tax Rates?

 

Compare property tax rates in Chatham County to other counties in the area.

Alamance County Property Tax Rates 2011

Cumberland County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

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Durham County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Franklin County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Granville County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Johnston County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Harnett County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Raleigh Property Tax Rates 2011

Wake County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

 

 

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