As home builders in the Raleigh, NC area, we are often asked for advice on what to include in a new home.
Ceiling Height in New Homes - 8 Ft or 9 Ft?
What Ceiling Height is Considered Standard?
"Which is better in the long run, 8 ft or 9 ft ceilings? Many builders charge to increase ceiling height from 8 ft to 9 ft on the first floor. Is it worth the investment, or am I better off spending that money elsewhere in my new home?"
Increased Ceiling Height is Worth the Investment
An 8 ft ceiling on the first floor has become outdated in today's market.
It's still common to see this ceiling height in entry-level homes, but most homes incorporate a more spacious 9 ft ceiling, and many popular plans also include at least one vaulted room.
A 9 ft ceiling also allows for unique ceiling treatments, like coffered or trey ceilings, that can even be added later if not included in the budget at the initial time of construction.
Don't Assume Ceiling Height - Ask For It In Writing
Most builders will assume 9 ft ceilings on the first floor, and 8 ft ceilings on the second floor, unless you request something else - but don't take that for granted.
If you don't see a height specified in your bid or other documents, be sure to ask that it be included in the written information.
And of course, be sure to walk through homes containing the same set of standards as is included in your quoted package BEFORE committing to a particular builder. Model homes often have many, many options not included in "standard" packages, and these options can create a completely different home than the one you've been quoted.
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