Just an ordinary 1930s end terrace in the Midlands with standard 8 foot cei
We've had no plasterboard on the back room ceiling for at least a year, whi
ch gave the effect of 8'7" ceilings. After plasterboarding today, it's real
ly closed down the room, just reducing back to 8 feet. Its amazing how much
difference it made. And going from a dark timber to the grey plasterboard.
At least in the kitchen we have the ceiling rising towards 10 feet which is
Its a shame the standard has become 8 feet rather than say 9 - which was th
e standard for even small Victorian terraces.
When I have visited in Liverpool, in the older houses those high 10 and 11
foot ceilings are wonderful. I think if I ever built my own house the first
thing I would specify would be "ceilings to be 3 metres".
For new build houses the standard seems now to have reduced to a metric 2.4
m rather than 8 feet, and with losing those extra few centimetres is really
Given the chance I don't know why anyone would go for 8 foot ceilings.
New "McMansions" - footballers houses etc. - judging by space above doorway
s they often seem to have only 8 foot ceilings, which in large rooms result
s in terrible proportions. OK they might have a double height entrace lobby
etc, but the rest of the house ... Why would architects draw up such thing
Anyway, plasterboarding ceilings really wears me out these days - and thats
with 3x6 boards - I used to use 4x8.