Should we raise the ceiling?
April 26, 2014 in Design Dilemma
We are renovation the kitchen; it has an 85.5" ceiling height; apparently in the 80's the area builders did not like to add sofits, so they lowered the ceilings :/ , hence no obstructions to raising.
We aren't installing upper cabinets, so that is not an issue, but our general contractor is really pushing for us to raise it, mo money for him, but we don't really mind the lower ceiling.
Are there any solid reasons, such as air flow, etc, that demand a higher ceiling?
This is a quick turn around query as we need a decision by 28 April 2014
Thanks avid Houzzers! -alilu
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Augh forgot to add pics
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My guess is that others will comment on the dated lighting. If you do raise the ceiling, you must consider the lighting and routing of vents.

Raising it would update the home making it look more current.
0 Likes   Thanked by alilu    April 26, 2014 at 1:13PM
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Hyde Evans Design
If you have a opportunity to raise the ceiling...raise the ceiling! It is an inexpensive change that will make a big difference in resale and the whole look of your kitchen. Even the smallest kitchen can look twice the size with a higher ceiling.
0 Likes   Thanked by alilu    April 26, 2014 at 1:26PM
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Wow Great Place
Raise the ceiling! A 7-foot ceiling, even though you are used to it, feels claustrophobic, and like the kitchen should be in a basement.
For me, removing these dropped ceilings is a no-brainer. :)
1 Like   Thanked by alilu    April 26, 2014 at 1:30PM
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HI -- Well, it is about a foot lower than normal ceiling height and having an 8 foot ceiling is better for re-sale . But if it is not a bother for you and the cost of changing it is not worth it for you -- then no need to do it . What is up in that 1 foot space ? Might not be that big of a deal to raise it to 8 ft. Maybe do the demo part your selves to save some of the cost. The kitchen would look better with the higher ceiling . The one vent I see maybe a concern , the lighting is usually not a problem . Can you take a peek in somewhere to see what is up there , that might be the deciding factor .
1 Like   Thanked by alilu    April 26, 2014 at 1:34PM
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Curt D'Onofrio
No solid reason i can think of, unless you keep on banging your head on the hanging pots :))
You have alot of glass there, which is great for getting that natural light. A low ceiling in winter should take less time to heat up room
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