Vaulted Ceilings: Entrancing Ambiance or Wasted Space?

Is it truly a waste of space if you are more comfortable in your own home? Some look at vaulted ceilings as nothing more than space that can be used to add additional room or storage. But if you're claustrophobic in your own home, is it worth the amount of square footage you could gain for adding an extra room? One of the most driving forces that anyone experiences when deciding on buying a home is the level of comfort he or she feels when standing in it.

1. Openness - What makes the vaulted ceiling attractive to potential buyers is how open it makes the home feel. Instead of feeling like the walls are closing in or the ceiling is too low, one could feel akin to standing in a theater or cathedral. It's almost like bringing the sensation of openness of the outdoors into the home. Standing inside one of these living rooms could make it seem that the inside of the house is much larger than it looks from the outside.

2. Sunlight - Many of us love to have large bay windows that can bring in as much sunlight as possible. It can increase our moods and make the home feel more enjoyable to live in. A vaulted ceiling provides additional areas that can accommodate greater windows and easy installations of sunroof sections that will allow sunlight to beam in from directly above the home. If you are in debate on whether this is more comfortable for you, ask yourself this question: Are you more comfortable sitting in a basement or outside? Although the basement windows could provide some form of light, they pale in comparison of what a large 10-foot window can provide.

3. Money Saving - If you were to build additional rooms using the space of a vaulted ceiling, you will undoubtedly fill it with "stuff." That would be the whole premise of building the extra room in the first place. Without those extra rooms, you'd have to make do with the space you have. You wouldn't spend the extra money on furnishings filling those rooms or creating additional areas you would need to monitor for cleaning. If you don't absolutely need the extra rooms, it may be senseless to build them. This isn't including construction costs for building these extra rooms to begin with.

4. Decor - Decorations for the home are different when you have a vaulted ceiling. Instead of being restricted to a limited amount of space on your walls for pictures, paintings, or other adornments, you increase the amount of usable space to accommodate a range of different ideas. This isn't inclusive of the entertainment value as a single LCD projector connected to your computer can create a home-theater above and beyond what you think you can create. As many low-cost projectors can cover a space of wall more than 150-inches diagonal, there would be no reason to go out to the movies to enjoy the experience.

In the end, it boils down to a homeowner's personal decision. No one has the right to tell you how your home should be designed or how to utilize the space more efficiently. It is your home and if certain aspects of it make you feel more comfortable, then that is all that matters. The choices of vaulted ceilings or extra rooms for storage is completely up to you and you alone.

This is a guest post by Liz Nelson from She is a freelance writer and blogger from Houston. Questions and comments can be sent to: liznelson17 @