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Vaulted ceilings

An open ceiling will help to add an airy sense of volume to your home; here, Emily Smith explores how to make the most of this feature
This new house by architects De Rosee Sa is narrow and deep, but feels voluminous thanks to vaulted ceilings and wide spans of glass
ALEX JAMES

Achieving a real sense of spaciousness doesn’t necessarily come down to how large a room is; often it’s the ceiling height that’s key. Vaulted areas are a clever architectural trick for providing a feeling of volume and there are many variations of this look. Symmetrical spans reaching up to a central apex are popular, but rounded ceilings and partially vaulted schemes can add an interesting, contemporary twist.

The pitched ceiling in this property by Hyve Architects is topped with a roof lantern that helps to filter natural light down into the room below. Glass balustrades on the feature staircase help to create a fresh and spacious feel in the open-plan room
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The August edition of Build It magazine brings you all the inspiration & practical advice you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget, including: • A stunning self-build on a countryside plot (page 20) • 10 way to maximise light and space (page 62) • 7 lightweight cladding options (page 67) • Find out whether triple glazing makes sense (page 79) • How to rewire a period property (page 119) • Discover how to find land with real potential (page 123) … and more!
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