If you’re considering a new home build, you probably have your heart set on certain features – a gourmet kitchen, a large master suite with a luxurious ensuite, or perhaps you’re dreaming of spacious, family-friendly living areas. While all of these are highly sought-after features, there’s one that can really take your home to the next level – and that’s high ceilings. Homes with high ceilings offer so much more – space, natural light, aesthetic appeal, plus they can even boost your home’s value. So, what do you need to know about high ceilings before you build? In this blog, we discuss the pros and cons of high ceilings in your new home.
What’s the difference between ‘standard’ and ‘high’ ceilings in Australia?
So, just how high are high ceilings? The Building Code of Australia states that the ceiling height must be a minimum of 2,400mm for habitable rooms – that’s any space that’s used for domestic activities, such as bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens. Areas like garages, cupboards and pantries aren’t considered habitable spaces, so ceilings in these spaces can be lower. In a nutshell, anything higher than 2400mm is considered above standard in Australia, with the most popular heights being 2,550mm and 2,700mm.
What are the benefits of high ceilings?
Have you ever walked into a home and thought ‘wow’! Chances are it’s because the house has high ceilings. It can be one of the most important design elements in your new home. Here are the main benefits for you to consider.
Your home feels more spacious: High ceilings can instantly make your home feel more spacious and luxurious. In fact, the extra height even makes very small rooms feel bigger! Rooms with high ceilings also have the advantage of being able to accommodate beautiful feature lighting, such as a chandelier.
Abundant natural light: High ceilings fill a home with lots of light, giving it an open, grand look and feel. You can also maximise views by having larger windows as a feature, allowing you to frame a view or use window furnishings to add to the ambience of the room. High ceilings are most impressive in living areas, with plenty of natural light flooding the space with sunlight and fresh air.
Luxe look: High ceilings can turn a nice home into a stunner. There’s something very impressive about walking into a room with high ceilings. And they never go out of style!
Increased home value & easier resale: Thinking of selling your home in the future? High ceilings are a great selling feature, creating an instant wow factor during open house. Agents agree that homes with high ceilings are usually easier to sell and tend to attract top dollar from buyers.