Arched opening or not?
missangel99
August 30, 2012 in Design Dilemma
We are in the process of building our house. We have 10' ceilings. The opening to our dinning room and Den have 6' openings. Do you think an arched doorway would close it in too much? If not how high should the arched part be?
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Vikrant Sharma Homez
Maybe 7.5'-8' in the centre like this one .
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
The height of the arch will depend on your ceiling height. With a 6' wide opening, a full radius arch will take the opening to at least 9' high and require at least a 10' ceiling. What Vikrant's illustration above shows is called an eyebrow arch. The picture below shows a full half circle arch. I don't understand what you mean by "close it in too much".
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crazylife
By all means do the arches. Rather than closing any thing in, they'll add charm and value to your home. IMHO, with a 10 ceiling it will look better if the apex of the arch is about 9 ft. high.
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missangel99
What I was trying to say was sometimes it seems like an arched opening closes in the open feeling of the room if the opening is only five or six feet wide to begin with. Thank you for the advice and comments.
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Do you not want doors into the study so that you can close it off?
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Dytecture
I'd say it depends on the style of your home. A contemporary home is more suitable without the arches.
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crazylife
M; I agree with your concern and I knew what you meant. Especially, with 10 ft ceilings an arch can restrict the line of sight. If you keep the top of the arch to the 9 ft level you should be alright. I do love Carolyn's idea of being able to close off the study. You could do french doors with a transom above since you have the ceiling height already. Decisions, decisions :)

Good Luck.
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missangel99
Decided to go with squared off openings. Carpenters brought the arch a little under nine feet and it didn't look right to us. Looks good with the squared off openings and then we'll do large crown moldings on top of that, should look very nice.
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Dytecture
Great, looking forward to your updates.
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
It will be beautiful and we'll look forward to seeing pix.
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