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Vaulted Ceilings: The Pros and Cons of This Dramatic Feature

“Vaulted ceilings do cost more to maintain than regular ceilings,” Thompson says. “Simply put, you are adding more cubic volume to your home, and you’ll need to heat or cool that additional space.”

You could always put in ceiling fans, of course, but then you’d run the risk of detracting from that fancy groin vaulted ceiling or the exposed beams you paid all that money for. Another option is skylights.

“If you have operable skylights or high windows, you can utilize the vault for passive cooling—it’ll pull the warm air out,” Bullock says. “But, in general, you are creating more air volume to condition, so it’s going to be more expensive.”

Sanga says where you live may somewhat mitigate the maintenance cost of vaulted ceilings. “In places like the North, with the cold air, you’re going to be spending more money on heating because the hot air will rise,” she says. “In the South, you want the heat to rise, so you it can be an asset to have a vaulted ceiling in the South or middle regions.”

What kind of spaces are vaulted ceilings best for?

Not every home is right for a vaulted ceiling. “I live in a historic brick row house, and this building is definitely not right for vaulted ceilings,” Thompson says. “We have small rooms and corridors, and the row house has a flat roof—it would look ridiculous with a vaulted ceiling, like putting a clown hat on top.”

Better candidates for vaulted ceilings, she says, include “generous midcentury homes or the top floors of sprawling historic homes.”

New homes give you a little more freedom to work a vaulted ceiling in, but you’d still have to think about the overall architectural design of the home. “We’d want the dramatic ceiling to be closely tied to the design concept, and we’d develop a design for the overall building massing and rooflines with the vaulted ceiling in mind,” Thompson says. “A large vaulted ceiling should typically be located directly beneath an exterior roof plane; adding one to a room under another room wouldn’t really make sense. We often, in new homes, experiment with feelings of alternating compression and expansion. For example, you enter into a low-slung entry then stride into a room with a soaring vaulted ceiling.”

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