We want our house to be accessible so we are thinking about building all on one level. How can we add some "excitement" to our design without floor level changes?
One way to add visual interest is to vary ceiling heights throughout the house, especially between rooms that open into each other, so that the relative intimacy of different spaces can be felt. In particular, ceiling heights in rooms that are most public or meant for large gatherings should be 10 to 12 feet high, lower in rooms for smaller gatherings (7 to 9 feet), and lower in rooms or alcoves for one or two people (7 feet).
Dr. Ronn Phillips, Arch.D., and Bobbi Hauptmann, Environmental Design, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Monday, May 18, 2009