Debating whether to vault ceiling in family room
csterbenz
June 24, 2013 in Design Dilemma
We are remolding the entire first floor of our 50 year old house including adding on to the kitchen and are debating whether or not to vault the ceiling in the adjoining family room which will be opened up to the expanded kitchen. The house has 8 ft ceilings throughout. The cost would be about $5000 to do the ceiling.
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nasmijati
How much will you have to spend to keep the extra air space heated in winter and cooled in summer? Adding a vaulted ceiling is similar to buying a piece of clothing that needs to be dry cleaned. The maintenance of the piece becomes more expensive than the piece itself over time. Other Houzzers will have different opinions.
0 Likes   June 24, 2013 at 5:31AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
PRO
Dytecture
Having a vaulted ceiling in my own family room, I would say the added spaciousness is well worth the cost. It also offers more architectural interest / value to a house that one cannot simply put a dollar amount on.
0 Likes   June 24, 2013 at 6:09AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tennisanyone
Vault the ceiling. It would be worth it.
0 Likes   June 24, 2013 at 6:14AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Briana Harvey
That seems really inexpensive! I would love to have extra height in my family room!
0 Likes   June 26, 2013 at 5:08AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
PRO
Oellien Design, Inc.
The extra height would be great and would add value to your home. Use caution to keep the proportions close so that you blow the room scale of your home.
0 Likes   June 26, 2013 at 5:12AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
S. Thomas Kutch
Would have to have more information to make an opinion based on the issue. Each case is different. How is the new vaulted area going to tie into the new expanded kitchen? Is it going to flow together or is there going to be a beam separating the two areas? Will the vaults be in the same direction or will they be intersecting? Will they be the same height? Same finish? How will the vault in the family room relate to adjacent areas?

Personally, I'm wondering just how much vault you can get for $5000. What's the existing structural system over the family room? Trusses? Stick built?......... would need to see some sketches and more details to make a valid statement as to if it was a good idea or not.
0 Likes   June 26, 2013 at 5:29AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
0825sam
Vault! Can't beat high ceilings
0 Likes   June 26, 2013 at 5:34AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Vivian
We did a remodel with vaulted ceilings and would never do it again. We live in the north and the heating and cooling bills skyrocketed. Be sure to consult a good heat and air company to rerun your system or everything just becomes trapped and the inefficiency of your entire system is compromised. In addition, we made a second floor bedroom much smaller which we ultimately regretted also. In a warmer climate it would be better because it actually moves the heat up so cooler is not as expensive as trying to maintain an even heat in the winter.
0 Likes   June 26, 2013 at 5:49AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Judy M
I vote vault it.
0 Likes   June 26, 2013 at 6:37AM
Sign Up to comment
Related Discussions
Debating whether to spend $5K finishing out a space into a laundry room.
The space is significant (12' x 5') ... so base cabinets...
Ann
lighting for small family room with vaulted ceiling
Rough measurements of family room: 15x15, not including...
Cindy Molander
Vaulted ceiling in family room-what color?
We are building a new family room with a 14 ft ceiling....
barbiesdreamhouse
Need help for family room with vaulted ceiling/beams.
My husband and I just bought a house and I have attached...
domsmom
Ideas for vaulted ceiling with beams, fireplace and built-ins in family room
I'd love some color ideas and design ideas for this...
Blue Star Carolina LLC
More Discussions
Hate my new granite!!! This whole process has been a nightmare :(
I'm really trying not to get so worked up about this,...
mhaber22
We are planning a kitchen remodel and need advice
We have walnut cabinets and want a lighter look with...
Sandy Pernick
Paint the garage or leave it white?
Hi everyone! I need some advice: My wife and I recently...
emceelikeme
Blue tooth shower head
Wanted to share This is a bathroom I just finished....
DS Tile And Marble
Living Room Arrangement Help
We are looking for advice on how to make our living...
sazak
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2014 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™