Do High Ceilings Add Value to a House? (Yes They Do!)

Do High Ceilings Add Value to a House

High ceilings can make a home seem larger, may offer more natural light, and can provide opportunities for beautiful, eye-catching decor choices from elegant chandeliers to breathtaking murals. As a result, you could think that houses with high ceilings are more valuable than other houses.

But do high ceilings add value to a house? Yes. High ceilings add value to a house because they present an illusion of a larger, more roomy area. They also often have large windows that add natural light to rooms. High ceilings frequently top house hunting lists specifically because they offer all these added benefits.

Most house hunters want to feel like they are getting a lot for their money. As such, many factors impact just how much value high ceilings can add to the overall value of a home.

In some cases, buyers will pay a huge premium for this coveted asset. In other cases, however, high ceilings may not greatly increase the value of a home. Read below to see exactly how valuable high ceilings may be when selling a home.

The Value of a High Ceiling

Throughout history, high ceilings have been common among the most beautiful and sought-after buildings. High ceilings have brought a definite wow-factor and a certain air of grandness to some of the most famous buildings in the world from the Sistine Chapel to Notre Dame and many other churches, cathedrals, and basilicas.

But you don’t only see them in famous buildings. Architects have adopted high ceilings in most modern and contemporary houses too.

The more features potential buyers like in a house, the more they are inclined to buy it (increasing its value). And below are just a few features of high ceilings that can add more value to your house.

Spacious Environment

One reason that people tend to like high ceilings is the simple fact that they create a more spacious, open environment. Though not everyone wants a gigantic home in terms of square footage, most people do not want to feel cramped or claustrophobic in their living quarters.

When you enter a room with high ceilings, you get a sense of space and roominess that you simply cannot get in a room with low ceilings. This may be especially important in certain areas of a home, specifically the “public” areas, including foyers and entrance-ways, or entertainment areas.

Many homeowners want to present a sense of openness as a first impression upon entering their home. Additionally, it may be important to some homeowners to have high ceilings in areas where many people gather to avoid a sense of congestion, restrictiveness, or confinement.

High ceilings may not be so important in bedrooms or bathrooms as those areas tend to be utilized privately and people may prefer a sense of coziness or intimacy.

High ceilings may not be so important in bedrooms or bathrooms as those areas tend to be utilized privately and people may prefer a sense of coziness or intimacy.

Elegance

Another reason many house hunters prefer high ceilings is that oftentimes, they simply look better. High ceilings lend an air of grandness and elegance to a home, while low ceilings just do not have that immediate impact.

High ceilings are charming, aesthetically pleasing, and provide many opportunities for stunning interior decor. There are of course, the traditional chandeliers and ceiling murals that may enhance the look of a room, but other interior decorating opportunities are also possible with high ceilings.

For example, spaces with high ceilings have the advantage of being able to utilize beautiful dark paint color to add intimacy and dramatic flair to the space. Generally, areas with lower ceilings would look closed off when painted in dark hues.

Additionally, ceiling panels or texture can add visual interest to the space without making the room feel over decorated, as can be the case in rooms with lower ceilings.

More Light

A lot of rooms with high ceilings also have taller windows that accompany those ceilings. This provides opportunity for ample beautiful natural light to pour into the space.

You could also have bigger and brighter ceiling lights that won’t look too overwhelming on a high ceiling as opposed to a house with a standard ceiling height.

With higher ceilings, you could also have tall feature walls, especially in living rooms and entertainment areas. Feature walls often have wall lights as well, which will add more light to a room, although usually more ambient than ceiling lights.

Different Ceiling Heights

You may be wondering what constitutes a high ceiling. The industry standard used to be eight-foot ceilings (2.4m), and while you may still find that height in older homes, most houses are currently designed with nine-foot (2.7m) ceilings in mind.

Anything above that nine-foot height is generally considered a high ceiling. Ten to twelve-foot ceilings are popular (3.1m to 3.7m), especially in entrance-ways. Two-story living rooms and foyers are not uncommon, so you may find homes with extremely high sixteen to twenty-foot ceilings in these areas (4.9m to 6.1m).

The Drawbacks of High Ceilings

While many buyers are drawn in by the allure of high ceilings, there are some issues associated with high ceilings.

The first is maintenance. At some point, you will need to clean those windows that bathe your living room in gorgeous natural light. And eventually, you will need to change the bulbs in your stately chandelier too. Between regular maintenance and longer-term tasks like re-painting, high ceilings can be high-maintenance.

Additionally, it can be a hard task and an expensive one to heat and cool a space with such a large area.

Finally, if you like a particularly quiet area, high ceilings may present a noise issue for you. Sound can travel and echo in such open spaces. There are solutions to this problem though, you can check out this article I wrote for more on this!

Raising Your Existing Ceiling

You may be wondering if you can add value to your home by raising the height of your existing ceilings. The answer is yes, but it may be a costly and complex job.

The difficulty of raising your ceilings will depend on the specifics of the ceilings and roof structure of your home. If you have a dropped ceiling, for example, the job may be relatively easy to complete, leaving you with 6 additional inches (15cm) of ceiling space or even more.

However, if you have ceiling joists or rafters that need to be altered in order to add height to your ceilings, you would have a more complex project. For this you will need to hire a structural engineer to help ensure that the structure and walls remain stable.

Finally, if you have a roof truss system, you are looking at an incredibly complex and most likely, expensive project. Adding ceiling height in a home that has a roof truss system is a complicated project that requires re-engineering.

Personally, I don’t think it’s worth the expense to re-engineer your roof system for a higher ceiling just to add value to your home. I would only recommend this option to clients if it’s something they really want and desire.

Creating an Illusion of a Higher Ceiling

You may also be wondering if there is a way to give the illusion of higher ceilings without increasing their height. In fact, there are several design choices you can make to help your ceilings appear taller.

Some of these choices include:

  • Removing crown molding
  • Painting the ceiling white
  • Painting vertical stripes on the walls
  • Short and low furniture
  • Recessed ceiling lights
  • Decorating with mirrors

For a more detailed list, check out this article at homedit.com

Conclusion

I hope you take note of the feeling you get the next time you enter a house with a high ceiling. It can be difficult to notice because the experience we get when entering a home or a building mostly happens subconsciously.

But as discussed in this article, you should find a warm and pleasant feeling. And anything that can give you a warm and pleasant feeling is definitely worth a high value!