Ceiling heights explained

29 October 2020 - 5 min read
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Ceiling heights explained

One of the most important design elements in your new home is your ceiling height. This can make your home feel spacious and luxurious instantly! We’ve answered your questions about ceilings to help you make some of the most important decisions when building your new home.
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How high are typical ceiling heights?

Most ceiling heights in Australia are either 2,440mm, 2,590mm or 2,740mm high (9ft) – with very few builders able to build up to 3,000mm. In our Porter Davis range we include as standard an upgraded 2,740mm high ceiling to ground floor and 2,590mm to the first floor – with an option to upgrade to 3m ceilings for any of our Prestige Grange homes.
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What is the Australian standard ceiling height?

The Australian Build Code states your ceiling height must be minimum of 2.4m high for any habitable room. What’s a habitable room you may ask? Well it’s any space that’s used for ‘domestic activities’ – think bedroom, lounge room or kitchen! Areas such as garage, cupboards and pantries are not considered habitable spaces.
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What are the benefits?

There are many benefits to upgrading your standard ceiling heights you need to consider. These include: Openness and space- High ceilings can make any room feel bigger and more open. It’s a perfect element for a busy modern family. Natural Light – With higher ceilings comes more natural light. This creates an airy feel into your home which can help improve wellbeing when you’re at home. Grand and luxurious – There is something very impressive when walking into a room with high ceilings. Once the home is built, is this an element that does not need to be updated to be kept trendy. High ceilings will never be out of style! Re-sell – Thinking of selling your home down the line? A higher ceiling is a great feature when putting your home on the market. It’s an instant WOW factor during any open for inspection!
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Should you upgrade your standard ceiling heights?

This is totally up to you! But it’s important to remember that ceiling heights are one of the few elements you cannot change once the home is built. So, make sure you are confident in your final decision.

Ceiling Types

Most homes use what’s known as a ‘conventional ceiling’ – as the name suggests it’s a flat and relatively plain ceiling common in all homes. But, did you know there are other ways to create interest with your ceilings besides increasing the height? Some popular features you should consider….

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A Hampton’s favourite

Coffered ceiling

A very popular feature for any  home and ideal for a formal space is a coffered ceiling. This involves using a pattern of sunken panels in the shape of squares or rectangles in the ceiling which helps frame the space and provide an ornate element.
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Add a sense of space!

Raked ceiling (also know as a vaulted ceiling)

Raked ceiling (also know as a vaulted ceiling) A vaulted ceiling adds a sense of space that’s difficult to achieve without extending the floorplan. It’s an architectural design element that’s sure to impress no matter the size of your home. This is the perfect addition to a single storey home. Photo: Raked Ceiling in the Vermont 29 with Copenhagen World of Style displayed at Newhaven estate.
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Give your home the WOW factor

Double height ceiling (also known as a double storey void)

This is a popular design element for large double storey homes. Available in selected floorplan designs in our Prestige and Lifestyle ranges, a double height ceiling is a great way to increase natural light and space for an informal open planned living area. It’s a WOW factor for sure!! Photo: Double height ceiling featured in the Madrid 42 with Fifth Avenue World of Style displayed at Cloverton estate.

Make your home feel spacious and luxurious with a ceiling height that works best for your chosen floorplan design and your family’s lifestyle. 

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