Sometimes the difference in the ceiling height of two homes can be so minor, you can’t put your finger on it. In cases of homes that have cathedral ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows, Juliet balconies and enormous decorative lighting, it’s impossible to miss. When house hunting for homes with a knowledgeable Vernon Hills Realtor, it’s important to consider your preferred ceiling height. For people who are trying to sell their homes with two-story foyers, it’s helpful to know how to stage and decorate to bring out the positives of soaring ceiling heights. According to an article by The Chicago Tribune, two-story ceilings used to be the norm, but are being replaced by lower ceilings for cozier spaces. Many contemporary Vernon Hills homes have cathedral and vaulted ceilings, which can bring in more light and make the home feel open. Before buying a home, consider the pros and cons of different ceiling heights.
Having more living space
One of the disadvantages of 18-foot ceilings is that it becomes somewhat wasted space for people who desire more practical living space. Some new construction home builders will give you the option to have a second floor loft or area that opens to the lower level or more usable space for a game room or additional bedroom and bathroom. It’s up to you whether you need more practical living space or not.
Lowering heating bills
Some homeowners say their utility bills are higher because of the increased cost of heating and cooling a home with high ceilings. At the same time, experts point out the key is to look for energy-efficient windows. On a plus side, vaulted ceilings allow for larger and more windows including transom windows high above to bring in natural light.
Deciding on the first floor ceiling height
Most homes have drop ceilings in the bedrooms. The standard used to be 8-foot ceilings, but many new home builders are opting for 9-foot ceilings. Some builders say they are going with 8 feet 6 inches. Another popular ceiling height in some contemporary homes is 10 feet. New home builders may offer higher first floor ceiling heights as an upgrade.
For those trying to sell a home with vaulted or cathedral ceilings, make sure the artwork, lighting fixtures, fireplace and other decorative features are all to scale with the space. Have professionals clean any windows that are high to reach before showing your home.
Sheryl Allen is an experienced Coldwell Banker real estate agent who provides one-stop real estate services in Libertyville as well as Grayslake, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Buffalo Grove, Gurnee, Lindenhurst, Mundelein, Long Grove. For more information on ceiling heights and how to buy or sell a home please contact us.