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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:

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

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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Farmhouse with Wrap Around Porch Home Plans | Photo Gallery

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 @ 15:06 PM

Wrap Around Farmhouse Porch Exterior with Open Concept Interior

4251 sq ft, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths

Farmhouse Home Plan Photos | Raleigh Home Builder

Downstairs master suite. Side entry garage attached through a screen porch. Full length wrap-around front porch. Second story deck. Island kitchen. Two sided living room fireplace. Walk-through shower.

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Inside The Daniel Farmhouse:

Take a look inside a photo gallery of a farmhouse style home. Get ideas for floor plans with:

  • Downstairs master suite with walk-through tile shower
  • Two sided living room fireplace
  • Island kitchen
  • Home theater
  • Mud room style laundry with sink
  • Built-in pocket desk office
  • Second story deck


Walk-Through Tile Shower

The tile shower lines one bathroom wall, with two entrances into the walk-through design. The square tub shares a full tile wall with the shower. Transom windows let light into each end of the shower. His and hers vanities are on each side of the room.

Farmhouse Home Plan Photos | Raleigh Home Builder

Farmhouse Home Plan Photos | Raleigh Home Builder

Open Living Room - Two Sided Fireplace See Through to the Backyard Porch

Archways separate the open kitchen and living room. A two-sided stone fireplace sees through to the backyard screen porch.

Farmhouse Home Plan Photos | Raleigh Home Builder

Farmhouse Home Plan Photos | Raleigh Home Builder

Island Kitchen

Two tone kitchen cabinets. Granite counter tops. Mini mosaic tile backsplash above the stainless steel gas range. Double wall ovens.

Farmhouse Home Plan Photos | Raleigh Home Builder

Formal Dining Room - In Addition to Breakfast Area

Brown paint in the tray ceiling gives formal contrast to the white wainscot panels.

Farmhouse Home Plan Photos | Raleigh Home Builder

Home Theater

Upstairs, the home theater has French glass doors leading to the second story deck.

Farmhouse Home Plan Photos | Raleigh Home Builder

Mud Room Laundry with Sink and Counter

A cozy laundry room packs in a lot of storage, countertops, and sink.

Farmhouse Home Plan Photos | Raleigh Home Builder

Built In Pocket Office Desk

A built in desk serves as a open loft pocket office, with built in bookcases.

Farmhouse Home Plan Photos | Raleigh Home Builder

Farmhouse Home Plan Photos | Raleigh Home Builder

Second Story Deck

The second story deck gives views into the wooded lot surroundings. Lots of windows and glass french doors let light into all upstairs rooms.

Farmhouse Home Plan Photos | Raleigh Home Builder

Side Entry Garage

A side view shows how the backyard porch connects to the side entry garage - with walk-under passage to the breakfast room entrace.

Farmhouse Home Plan Photos | Raleigh Home Builder

 


Raleigh New Homes:

What Raleigh new home floor plan elements are most important to you? Tell us what you're looking for, and we'll show you how to build it - with recommendations for floor plan features and selections that fit your budget.

 

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Indoor Balcony Ideas | Home Plans with Balcony Inside

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 @ 05:09 AM

Indoor Balcony Photos

Home Plans with Balcony Inside

What is an indoor balcony home plan?

Home plans with indoor balconies have an overlook to the main floor.

An indoor balcony provides beautiful views of the interior space below. It also makes the downstairs feel more open, by eliminating what could be a solid wall. 

Many Raleigh new homes feature two-story great rooms with a second story balcony overlooking the great room below. Here are a few examples, with photos to help you imagine the possibilities for your next home.

 

 Indoor Balcony Ideas | Home Plans with Balcony Inside

Ebony stained railings give this custom home a contemporary feel - with an upstairs loft and balcony overlook.

 

Indoor Balcony Ideas | Home Plans with Balcony Inside

In this home sample, the balcony has views to the full-height stone fireplace and the two story foyer. The staircase layout offers peek-a-boo views to the fireplace, to wow your guests as they enter your home.


Indoor Balcony Ideas | Home Plans with Balcony Inside

This home features a balcony off the loft area and a two-sided overlook into the great room and foyer.

 

Indoor Balcony Ideas | Home Plans with Balcony Inside

Even though the staircase is hidden from view, it leads to a spacious balcony overlook, with views to the living room and barrel vault foyer. An elevator provides easy access to the second floor.

 

Indoor Balcony Ideas | Home Plans with Balcony Inside

In this home, the balcony features painted white railing. The overlook extends the full length of the living room, for an even more spacious feel.

 

Indoor Balcony Ideas | Home Plans with Balcony

 Two separate staircases lead to this balcony - one curved staircase and one wide staircase. This balcony is the center of attention. Curved railings and dark stained railing flow into the upscale appeal of this custom home.

 

Indoor Balcony Ideas | Home Plans with Balcony

Half-wall balconies, instead of wrought iron or painted railing, give this living room design a unique feel. The cut-out openings make the upstairs hallway more open, and give the downstairs more dimension.

 

Indoor Balcony Ideas | Home Plans with Balcony Inside

You can have an indoor balcony without a two story living room. In this home, a balcony opens to the foyer. The living room is a single story, enabling the second story to have more usable square footage.

 

Indoor Balcony Ideas | Home Plans with Balcony Inside

A wrap-around balcony adds a custom touch to this two story home - with a extra wide hallway to take full advantage of the full wall of windows in the living room below. 

 

Indoor Balcony Ideas | Home Plans with Balcony Inside

In this traditional home design, the second story overlook opens views to the archway entrances, fireplace, and window walls below. 

 

Indoor Balcony Ideas | Home Plans with Balcony Inside

Each angle of this balcony offers completely different views to the two story great room and foyer below. 

 

Indoor Balcony Ideas | Home Plans with Balcony Inside

You'll want to catch all the views of this living room window wall - including from the second story balcony. 

 

Indoor Balcony Ideas | Home Plans with Balcony Inside

In this floor plan, a small balcony overlook extends out from the staircase.

 

Indoor Balcony Ideas | Home Plans with Balcony InsideIn this custom home, anther contemporary design, the second story loft has a full-length hallf-wall balcony overlook to the living room.

 

 

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