I live in Atlantic Canada and 8 foot ceilings are the norm. Sure you see the odd “great room” with vaulted ceilings or newer higher-end homes with 9′ or even 10′ ceilings but most homes have 8′. Until just recently I had never given it a second thought.
I’ve been led to believe that, in some parts of North America, most houses are now built with a minimum 9′ ceilings. If you visit any design advice website, designers are quick to poo poo building a new home with 8′ ceilings. If money were no object, I would tend to agree but building a home is expensive. I would think that the overall costs is an important factor for most people.
8 foot ceilings are pratical. They are cheaper to build due to less cutting/labour and less material waste (=greener). It’s not a coincidence that most building material comes in 8 foot lengths. When you live in a cold climate like we do, 8 foot ceilings are easier to heat (=greener). I have to believe this would also be a consideration in warmer climate where cooling in needed.
In a world of excess, 9’+ ceilings feel extravagant. An extravagance that I don’t need. Don’t get me wrong, I hope to have a new home that feels bright and airy and I will use design strategies with paint, furniture, window coverings and lighting to acheive this. Some great ideas HERE
Here’s another great article that embraces 8′ ceilings and list advatages such as boosting productivity and making decorating easier. Check it out HERE
I’m happy & looking forward to living in my new home with humble 8 foot ceilings!