Standard house ceiling height

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Standard house ceiling height
Ceiling heights affect the feeling of openness in a room. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Standard ceiling heights for a residence change with trends. The current standard height is 8 feet, but some architectural styles and new homes are changing what is considered standard. If you're deciding on ceiling height for a new home, consider the standard and why it was set at that height, and look at current trends.

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Why

The current standard ceiling height is 8 feet. Though many people prefer taller ceilings, this height cuts down on energy costs. Taller ceilings require more energy to heat and cool, making them less energy-efficient.

Recent Trends

In recent years, builders have begun building homes with 9-foot ceilings, and that height has pretty much become standard for newly-built high-end homes. Some higher-end homes now feature 10- and 12-foot ceilings.

Cost Differences

Building a custom home with ceilings higher than standard will result in increased cost. Higher ceilings will require longer studs and larger pieces of drywall. Standard drywall comes in 8-foot and 12-foot lengths, so if your ceiling height is somewhere in between the two lengths, you may incur additional labour charges as your builder will have to cut the drywall to fit.

Other Considerations

A study by Joan Meyers-Levy, a professor of marketing at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, found that higher ceilings affect the way people think, making them think more abstractly, while those in rooms with 8-foot ceilings focus more on specifics. This may be why many people claim to feel more comfortable in rooms with higher ceilings.

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