|Re: commonhouse ceilings||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ruby44444 (Ruby44444aol.com)|
|Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 21:09:50 -0500|
At Pioneer Valley, our dining room ceiling is, in fact, very tall. Two stories, since the library is a loft over the front part of the building and the dining room is in the back. The main part of the dining room is under the peak of the cathedral ceiling. there are two other dining spaces in the same open room with lower ceilings, and they certainly are cozier. But we made the mistake of designing it so that it is impossible to have lights any where near the tables, so no cozy lighting. Our living room (couches and rug and coffee table) moves around in the space--in the winter it's in front of the masonry heater, and in the summer sometimes it's in a space that's divided off by glass doors and sometimes it's just in the other alcove. It's not particularly cozy in any of these spaces, and we have another room, the front room, with chairs and a couch which is small but cozier. We have very divided opinion about our common house, I think. Some people really love it. Some people think it feels too institutional and not homey enough. I myself would advise against tall ceilings and long hallways. They may be impressive, but they don't call you down there to cuddle up on a cold winter night. Don't go for "public building", go for "home". I would also say have round tables, and lighting near or over each table. Avoid the cafeteria effect of long uniform tables, even if they are nice tables. That's my two cents worth. Rebecca Reid Pioneer Valley
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