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Choosing the right ceiling height for your home

When assessing a home, it’s not uncommon for people to pay little notice to ceilings. However, you might be surprised to find that ceiling height is an important part of your home’s design. In fact, when building a home, ceiling height is an area that offers you options that can have an impact on how the finished rooms look and feel.

When making decisions for your new home, it helps to have as much information as possible to make an informed choice. To help you with your decision making, we’ve compiled some pointers on the impact of lower ceilings and high ceilings in your home. A standard ceiling height is 2440mm high, but there are options for 2590mm high or even 2740mm high. Keep in mind, that your land contract may include developer guidelines that enforce a particular height. If you’re unsure you can always ask a friendly team member to help you decipher what’s required!

Sense of space

If you’re looking for a sense of openness and spaciousness, it’s safe to say that higher ceilings are best. Why? Firstly, there is literally more space around you when you’re standing in a room with higher ceilings. Plus, higher ceilings are complemented by higher doors and even window heights, which further create an openness – so there’s something else to factor in.

 

Reflect the style of your home

Generally speaking, high ceilings give a sense of grandeur and space. On the other hand, a standard height ceiling can be perceived as more intimate and cosier. With this in mind, it’s worth considering the overall style of your home when choosing the ceiling height that is best for you.

 

Heating and cooling

With many effective cooling and heating options, as well as insulation and building considerations, this factor may not be a big deal. It is worth knowing that while lower ceilings can make it easier and faster to warm up a room in winter, they also don’t stay as cool when the weather heats up. Meanwhile, higher ceilings help a room stay cooler in summer, but can take more time and energy to heat when it is cold out.

 

The finishing touches

As well as ceiling height, you need to consider the finished look where the ceiling meets the walls. Here you have the option to go with a square set — this is where the ceiling and wall meet directly and join at a right angle. Alternatively, you can opt for cornice, where an additional piece of plaster sits between the ceiling and wall to create a feature transition between them. A square set finish is more modern and minimalist, whereas a cornice can be a stylish feature or a more classic look for your home. Whilst a square set finish can be more expensive than cornice, it’s a great cost-saving option to give the look of higher ceilings without paying for them.

 

Chat to our team for guidance

If you’re stuck on ceiling height and don’t know which way to go, our team can talk you through it and help you make a choice in keeping with your home’s overall design and your individual preferences. We believe that every decision should be tailored to you, so that your completed home is exactly how you want it to be.

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