There are some people that look at a beautiful vaulted ceiling and see nothing more than a waste
of living space. Many rooms can be developed in these areas providing additional functionality
for larger families or creating space to set up a library or office. If there is sufficient room and it's
developed properly, you can add a full extra level to the house including bathrooms. However,
does a vaulted ceiling need to be viewed at in such a way?
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Open Space - There are a lot of people on this planet that enjoy the open area that a vaulted
ceiling provides. Instead of the feeling of being contained in a box, there is a great deal of
freedom that is felt when moving about. This extra space can help you decorate with more
elaborate designs as you're not restricted to an eight-foot vertical plane - which is the average
height of a room from floor to ceiling.
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Larger than it Looks - In many cases, vaulted ceilings make the home seem larger than it looks
from the outside. Although the same amount of space is being utilized, it has the "genii in a
bottle" effect where the home looks small outside while being enormous inside. It's nothing more
than a visual effect, but it could make the home buyer feel like he or she is getting more house
for their money.
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Air Conditioning - Keeping the room at a regulated temperature could fluctuate greatly in a
home with vaulted ceilings. Unless the roofing material and the insulation were designed with
energy efficient components and compounds, your heating bills during the winter could be
somewhat high as heat rises. However, cooling in the summertime could be easy as cold air
sinks. The additional space does provide ample room to install energy efficient fans and systems
that can easily regulate the temperatures in the home.
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Noise from Above Foot Traffic - One of the drawbacks to having any room over your head is
the sound of various foot traffic by those in that particular room. Depending how the house is
built, the sound that travels can echo through the lower levels that could make kittens playing
sound like a herd of elephants trampling throughout the house. Perhaps children are playing in
the rooms above - this provides the same effect but the elephants are replaced by mastodons.
Every thump can almost be felt in multilevel homes.
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Visual Appeal - Like most features of a home, vaulted ceilings are attractive to those who relish
in the beauty of a finely decorated system of braces and beams - even if these beams are fake.
To the right person, a vaulted ceiling could greatly increase the value of the home to a buyer or
renter. They can be designed with elegance and decorative carvings or additions adding can be
reminiscent of the outdoors such as living vines wrapping themselves around the beams. There is
so much that can be done to a vaulted ceiling to offer a wide variety of aesthetic nuance.
What it truly boils down to is taste. Although some enjoy the aspects of a vaulted ceiling, others
would rather have the extra room for functionality and expansion. Regardless of your housing
needs, there is no right or wrong way to decorate if you are happy in your surroundings.
This post is contributed by Linda Bailey from housekeeping.org. She is a Texas-based writer
who loves to write on the topics of housekeeping, green living, home décor, and more. She
welcomes your comments which can be sent to b.lindahousekeeping @ gmail.com.