High ceiling homes are one of the most popular building upgrades across Australia. Increasing ceiling heights is a simple and affordable design touch, and it’s an incredible way to create an unmatched sense of grandeur in a new home. If you’re envisioning life in a bright, spacious house, high ceilings can create the aesthetic you’re looking for. In this article we’re going to discuss high ceiling homes to find out how one simple upgrade can make your new home build stand out!

Standard Ceiling Heights in Australia

In Australia, the minimum ceiling height for a “habitable room” is 2.4 metres. The term “habitable room” encompasses most of the indoor spaces in your home, including bedrooms, living areas, dining rooms and kitchens. While 2.4 metre ceilings create a cosy, intimate feel for the more private areas of your home, many house builders offer upgrades to 2.55, 2.7 or even 3 metre ceiling heights.

High Ceiling Living Room Design

While ceiling heights can be increased in any space, a high ceiling living room is one of the most popular options. Increasing the ceiling height of your central living areas makes sense. You’re going to spend a lot of time in those rooms with your family and friends, and a high ceiling instantly creates a relaxing sense of volume and grandeur. Simply increasing ceiling heights to 2.55 or 2.7 metres instantly increases the available space and provides a canvas for adding flair with furniture, lighting design features such as fireplaces. Combined with plenty of natural light, a high ceiling living room can serve as the backdrop for the luxurious lifestyle you’re looking for!

High Ceiling Kitchen and Dining Areas

Increasing the ceiling height in living rooms certainly adds a sense of luxe to those important spaces, but a high ceiling kitchen can also make your busiest rooms feel more liveable. If the kitchen is the heart of your home, it more than deserves the additional space, drama and liveability that come with high ceilings! 

Kitchen, dining and living areas aren’t just limited to high ceilings. They’re also the perfect place to add flair with a full or partial cathedral ceiling. Combining high ceilings with the angularity and volume of a cathedral ceiling is the ultimate luxury detail, and it’s also a great solution for creating separation in combined living areas.

The Benefits of High Ceiling Homes

High ceilings can have a major impact on the design of your home. In fact, increased ceiling heights are one of the most popular design upgrades offered by home building companies. Upgrading to higher ceilings is typically very affordable, and it’s the perfect way to make your home stand out. Here are some of the main benefits of high ceiling homes:

  • Expand the space. The biggest benefit of high ceilings is the additional sense of space. Without having to increase the size of a room, raising the ceiling adds volume and grandeur that’s difficult to replicate any other way. If you want to make small rooms feel large and give your home real impact, high ceilings are the way to go. 
  • Lighter, brighter rooms. High ceilings are often matched to larger windows and feature lighting that make them lighter and brighter. Increasing your ceiling height slightly to 2.7 metres can have a dramatic effect on the amount of natural light in a room, further adding to the grandeur of the space.
  • Design flair. Looking to set your custom home apart? High ceiling homes are the perfect opportunity to add serious impact to the design! Not only do high ceilings look good, they change the sense of scale in a space, allowing you to use furniture, artwork and feature lighting to make your home stand out.
  • Luxury addition. The extra space, natural light and design impact that come with high ceilings all combine to create a sense of luxury. High ceiling homes are always impressive, and it’s a simple upgrade that can lend everyday luxe to your build.

Explore High Ceiling Home Designs with McCarthy Homes!

Starting a knock down rebuild project or building a new Hampton style home is one of the best ways to make your mark on a property! When you have the freedom to add the design elements you need, it’s possible to create a home with all the lifestyle elements your family is looking for. If you’d like to add an unmatched sense of luxury and grandeur to your spaces, high ceiling homes are the way to go!

At McCarthy Homes we specialise in building custom homes that blend everyday functionality with considered design and luxury materials. Our approach to building means you have full control over every detail. From ceiling heights down to the smallest fittings, our team strives to provide a building experience that offers everything your new lifestyle needs.

Start a conversation with McCarthy Homes if you’d like to find out more about high ceilings or our other inclusions!