Cathedral, Vaulted, Coffered . . . Decorative ceilings add style and volume to any space!
Here’s a brief photo-guide to some common types of decorative ceilings. From simple cathedrals to unique custom creations, learn more about the different options and find the style that’s right for you!
Cathedral: A ceiling that symmetrically projects upward in an inverted “V” shape.
Beams and dormer windows embellish this cathedral ceiling from the great room of the Adelaide Plan #866-D.
Vaulted: A ceiling which springs from a lower wall up to a higher wall. Includes Cathedral ceilings.
Exposed wood and a stone fireplace give a rustic feel to The Jerivale Plan #1033
Tray: Constructed with four or more sides angling upward to a higher, flat ceiling. This style resembles an upside-down tray and is commonly seen in breakfast areas, dining rooms and bedrooms.
This contemporary tray ceiling adds subtle elegance to the master bedroom in the Zeller Plan #1014.
Stepped: A series of trays, one inside the other, at different planes.
Custom, modified stepped ceiling in the master bedroom of The Clarkson Plan #1117
Coffered: Showcasing recessed paneling, typically in rectangular or square configurations. Most common in formal rooms of a floor plan.
Neutral colors and gallery lighting showcase the coffered ceiling in the great room of The Runnymeade Plan #1164
Barrel Vaulted: A simple, continuous vault, typically arched or tunnel-shaped.
This impressive design was a custom modification in what would have been a cathedral ceiling in The Clarkson Plan #1117
Custom: What was drawn as a standard tray or cathedral ceiling can be redesigned with unique, artistic elements to create a one-of-a-kind ceiling.
This custom-designed ceiling in the master bedroom of The Runnymeade Plan #1164 is a modified tray, with curved sides and coffered details.
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Ranch Home Plan #1328 – The Bosworth
Home Design Quick Facts:
- Craftsman exterior with plenty of curb appeal.
- A double pantry and large utility room
This Ranch home plan with gables and metal accent roofs creates a welcoming, Craftsman exterior with plenty of curb appeal. Cathedral ceilings add volume to the great room and dining room, with a spacious island kitchen between them. A double pantry and large utility room provide plenty of storage space, and the garage has a convenient personnel door to the outside. Walk-in closets in each bedroom, as well as coat and linen closets, keep things in their place.
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European Cottage with a Modern Layout: The Lucerne Plan #1319
Home Design Quick Facts:
- Large kitchen includes an island and plenty of counter space.
- The utility room is spacious and practical
- Oversized screened porch is perfect for relaxing and entertaining
Stylish, Practical Cottage Home Plan
Cottage can mean different things to different people. Some people view cottages as small homes that offer a cozy retreat. Don Gardner’s cottage homes offer lots of flexibility and charm, with the modern amenities you love plus the cottage styling you’re looking for. The Lucerne is one of the outstanding cottage home plans by Don Gardner. This small cottage home plan is stylish and practical, with its European-inspired exterior and modern layout. Stone, stucco, and clipped gables outside give it a cottage feel, while tray and coffered ceilings and abundant windows open up the interior. This one-story home includes three bedrooms, 2 spacious baths, and 1,828 square feet arranged for a family-efficient traffic flow, with living areas perfect for entertaining.
The great room is topped with a coffered ceiling and enjoys a cozy fireplace flanked with built-in cabinetry. French doors lead to an oversized screen porch with skylights to bring in extra light and views. Patio space expands outdoor living and is the perfect space to add a pool or spa. The single dining space lies just around the corner from the great room and has large windows for an open feel. Open to the kitchen, the dining room is perfect for casual meals and breakfast, while the stunning tray ceiling sets the stage for more formal gatherings.
Get the Dream Kitchen You’ve Always Wanted
The island kitchen has a view to both the great room and dining room, and has plenty of counter space and a nearby walk-in pantry. A small e-space is the perfect place to look up recipes. Located just off the garage entrance, it’s easy to bring in groceries and put everything in its place.
Luxurious Bedrooms & Lots of Storage
The master bedroom features a curved wall of windows, walk-in closet, and an oversized shower in the master bath. The secondary bedrooms sit across the home for privacy, and share a large bathroom with twin vanities and private privy.
Storage abounds with linen closets for each bathroom, a large utility room, and additional storage in the garage. Stairs lead to a flexible bonus room, perfect for a home office, rec room, or any other use the homeowner might imagine, while attic storage is easily accessible.
View more cottage home plans like this on the Don Gardner website.
Plan #1258 The Greenbranch
Home Design Quick Facts:
- Open space single kitchen and dining area with vaulted ceiling.
- Large utility and mud rooms make it easy to accommodate hobbies, quick clean ups and gear storage.
- Convenient Jack and Jill bathroom.
Today’s busy lifestyles call for an efficient family ranch floor plan that offers a well-planned layout but also provides the amenities one expects in a quality home. The Greenbranch Ranch floor plan by Don Gardner offers a convenient floor plan that is great for people on the go. Family meals are easy to cook and serve in the kitchen that flows directly to the dining area. This part of the home offers a natural gathering area and its adjacent e-space is a great place for kids to do their homework.
Featuring 1885 sq. ft. of living space with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths The Greenbranch is a small home that surprises with its large, airy feel. The home is practically designed with an eye toward casual comfort. The open great room invites you in to enjoy the fireplace and vaulted ceiling. Throughout the home you’ll find conveniences you’d expect in a much larger home such as a Jack and Jill bathroom, extra storage throughout, large walk-in closets, utility room, mud room and lots of attic storage.
This is a great home for people who like to spend time outdoors as it includes a patio area with room for a spa. The bonus room above the garage offers many possibilities as a fourth bedroom, game room or hobby area
See more house plans like this on the Don Gardner website.
#5019 – The Hollowcrest – A European Home Design and Hillside Walkout Beauty
Home Design Quick Facts:
- Stunning curb appeal
- Great room features wall of windows
- Two rear porches; one a screen porch with fireplace
This stunning hillside walkout home exudes Old World charm. With 4,357 sq. ft. of living space (not counting a large 582 sq. ft. bonus room), The Hollowcrest makes a statement. From its three car garage that blends seamlessly into the European style architecture, to its graceful stone entrance, this home delights both inside and out.
Upon entering the home, the foyer leads to the massive great room with cathedral ceiling and fireplace. The kitchen, breakfast room and screen porch area flow together to make a popular gathering space. The great room opens to another porch with 12 foot ceiling.
The master suite is secluded on the main level and includes an inviting sitting area against a backdrop of floor to ceiling windows. The master bath impresses with a soaking tub, double vanity and corner shower. On the main level there’s one more bedroom which can also be used as a study.
On the lower level you’ll find three more bedrooms, each with its own bath. There’s also a rec room and fireplace, and even a wine cellar. The lower level would make a great in-law suite, children’s rooms or a perfect place for overnight guests.
See more home plans like this on the Don Gardner website.