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Due to the expensive cost of heating and cooling the once popular vaulted ceilings is seeing its popularity fall. As if costs alone are not a major concern owners are also saying rooms can be drafty and reverberate noise. Cobwebs are hard to reach, painting requires long ladders, and washing the second-story windows can be a nightmare. Also, a growing amount of home buyers think high ceiling rooms is a waste of space. 

So as most housing lots have shrunk in the past years most builders have built taller homes with an airy, light interior to give a perceived impression of more space. But a growing number of new home buyers think these soaring rooms is a waste of space and are opting for a more timeless form of architecture. More are looking for the maximum number of rooms and square footage for their money, so they are opting to have a loft, bedroom, or playroom built in the air space where the plans call for a double-height ceiling. 

Meantime, due to the mortgage mess a lot of people can't afford to trade up, so some people who already own houses with the extra air space are seeking new uses for the air space. Because the walls and roof are already there filling such space is about half the cost of what an addition would cost. Typically all a contractor needs to add are joists, flooring, and doors.

According to the U.S. Census data expenditures on interior restructuring of homes rose about 40 percent to $13 billion from 2005 to 2007, which seem to affirm the trend. I guess that the new trend would be considered green, correct??




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Teresa Harris is a Lake Norman Residential Real Estate Broker who can assist you with the purchase and/or sale of real estate in Lake Norman and surrounding counties. Please visit for your relocation and/or your local needs.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsTeresa Harris • July 14 2008 01:04PM


Having never lived in a home with vaulted ceilings these are things I never thought of. I always just thought "Big Christmas Tree - AWESOME" never thought about additional heating costs or cobwebs.

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home -

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) about 11 years ago

Todd: Thanks for stopping by! Yes, I have never had a house with high ceilings and I have always thought it looked grand. I like the idea of painting my own houses and not having to rely on a painter to do that for me and lets not forget the cost of hiring it done. So I guess I will be happy with what I have. Have a great day!   

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) about 11 years ago