At least in the kitchen we have the ceiling rising towards 10 feet which is nice. 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 pushing it.
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 s ?
Anyway, plasterboarding ceilings really wears me out these days - and thats with 3x6 boards - I used to use 4x8. Simon.