RE: ceiling heights (was RE: [C-L]_ very small/ compact housing)
From: Jenny Williams (
Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2006 10:35:11 -0800 (PST)
2200SF is a lot by cohousing standards, but we have two small children
and are planning on living there for possibly the rest of our lives.  So
we don't want to make huge structural changes later if we need more

Good point on the loft beds.  I guess we should talk to a builder and
find out the building price differences between 8' and 9' or 10'.


-----Original Message-----
From: Sharon Villines [mailto:sharon [at]] 
Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 9:13 AM
To: Cohousing-L
Subject: Re: ceiling heights (was RE: [C-L]_ very small/ compact

On Feb 4, 2006, at 10:31 AM, Jenny Williams wrote:

> On a related note, I'd like people's input on ceiling height.  We're 
> desgining and building our house at Manzanita Village in Prescott, AZ,

> and we have been planning 8' ceilings throughout.  Everyone is telling

> me that we'll regret it.  With 8' ceilings, though, we will manage a 
> ~6-7' high attic, which we could finish at a later date for a cozy 
> spot. We have height restrictions for building, so we can't go above 
> that [snip]  Our house will be about
> 2200SF on two floors (not counting said attic).

2200 SF is a lot of feet. What do you need the attic for, other than 
storage? Having less storage means you will accumulate less. More, 
more, more means more, more, more. A simple life filled with clutter is 
not so simple.

I personally would go for higher ceilings. 10 ft ceilings would allow 
you to have loft beds in the kids rooms, for example. Test sound 
quality in high ceilings vs low ceilings and see which is more 
important for you.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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