Add Visual Space with a Cathedral/Vaulted Great Room

Make a statement in your great room with a cathedral or vaulted ceiling. Modern homeowners are looking to build smaller and more thoughtful homes. By eliminating redundant rooms, like a breakfast nook and a formal dining room, you can reduce square footage while still maintaining the function that you need in your house. One way to make a smaller home plan feel larger is a cathedral or vaulted great room. One-story or simple house plans with a vaulted ceiling in the great room will appear larger and airier. Elevated ceiling also allow space for large windows that will bring natural light into your living spaces. Two story homeplans with a cathedral or vaulted ceiling may have a balcony or loft on the second floor that overlooks the great room and adds dimension.

Add Character to your Cathedral/Vaulted Great Room

Yes, a bedroom/study can function as an additional bedroom for children or a guest suite when you have overnight company. But if you don't need an additional bedroom, this space opens up a world of possible uses.

There are many ways to decorate your cathedral or vaulted ceiling to add character to your great room. Decorative beams can be a simple addition to give your home rustic charm or you can create a more elaborate design. Your fireplace can become a statement piece with stone work extending from the base to the top of the cathedral or vaulted ceiling.

Find a Cathedral/Vaulted Great Room

Donald Gardner Architects has a wide range of house plans with cathedral/vaulted great rooms. Find one or two story designs and in square footages ranging from modest to luxury.

One popular home plan with a cathedral ceiling is The Drake 1371. The foyer enters into the cathedral great room with a fireplace and built-in bookshelves. The great room is open to the kitchen and French doors lead to a rear porch.

The Ivy Creek 921 is a two-story house plan with a vaulted great room. A second story balcony overlooks the great room and leads to secondary bedrooms and a bonus room.

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House Plan The Macon
House Plan The Macon
  • 1779Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This modest design features a front-entry garage and a narrow footprint to accommodate a smaller lot. A trio of gables are accented with vertical boards and columns highlight the front porch. The garage offers entry to the home through a mud room with a pantry and a drop zone for bags, coats and shoes. The utility room is adjacent with a window above a utility sink and built-in cabinetry on either side. The kitchen is open to the great room and features an island with bar seating. The great room has a vaulted ceiling that frames the fireplace and the rear porch with skylights is the perfect place to relax when the weather is nice. A dramatic tray ceiling tops the dining room. The master suite is elegant with a vaulted ceiling and the master bathroom enjoys a freestanding bathtub. A double-sink vanity and walk-in shower complete this space. Two additional bedrooms are available, along with a full bathroom, and a bonus room provides optional square footage for a recreational room or future expansion.

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House Plan The Ashbry
House Plan The Ashbry
  • 2187Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This quintessential urban farmhouse features a board-and-batten exterior with a metal accent roof and a welcoming front porch. The great room and dining room share a cathedral ceiling and a spacious screened porch extends living outdoors. The kitchen is highlighted by an island and a pantry is nearby. A mud room entry offers a seat to comfortably remove shoes and a closet to hang coats and bags. The master suite is truly versatile with two bathroom configurations for the homeowner to choose from and a luxury walk-through closet that accesses the utility room. Two additional bedrooms are perfect for children and the shared bathroom offers a double sink vanity.

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House Plan The Vincent
House Plan The Vincent
  • 1641Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This simple design offers just the right amount of curb-appeal with board-and-batten accented gables and a discerning usage of metal roofing. The open floor plan showcases the dining room with a tray ceiling and a low built-in bookshelf. The kitchen features a breakfast counter for additional bar seating and opens to a screened porch with skylights. Living is extended outdoors with a side porch and a rear deck that are connected by an expansive patio. The utility room has its own access door and a laundry sink provides easy clean-up after yard work. The master suite is generous with a massive walk-in closet, a double sink vanity, and a spacious shower. A bedroom and bedroom/study share a full bathroom with linen closet. Storage options include a garage storage closet, a pantry and a coat closet.

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House Plan The Goldmoss
House Plan The Goldmoss
  • 2053Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

Multiple gables highlight the roofline of this one-story design. A welcoming front porch provides entry to an efficient floor plan with the dining room flowing into the island kitchen and great room. Double doors access a rear porch with outdoor storage. A private hallway leads to the master suite with skylights adorning the tray ceiling and sun tunnels bringing natural light to the closets. To the opposite side of the home, two bedrooms share a bathroom with a dual sink vanity. The garage enters the home via a mud room and a drop zone designates space for coats, bags and shoes. The pantry is convenient for dropping groceries on the way to the kitchen and the utility room has a laundry sink and built-in cabinetry. A bonus room provides abundant storage or additional living square footage to meet the needs of the homeowner.

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House Plan The Oxley
House Plan The Oxley
  • 2110Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This modest cottage is instantly charming with a stone-and-shake exterior and welcoming front porch. Multiple gables and dormers add dimension to this narrow design. The living spaces are cozy and create a continuous flow between the open great room, island kitchen and dining room. The spacious master suite is downstairs with the utility room while two additional bedrooms and a bonus room are upstairs.

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House Plan The Ella
House Plan The Ella
  • 2820Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 4Bathrooms
  • 1.5Stories

This urban farmhouse creates an eye-catching composition with a combination of vertical and horizontal siding and an arched portico with large double doors and a Palladian window above to bring natural light to the foyer. An open floor plan seamlessly blends the great room, dining room, and island kitchen. Luxury features include a spacious utility room, three garage bays, and a screened porch with a fireplace and grill. A full bathroom accompanies each bedroom including the bedroom/study.

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House Plan The Camille
House Plan The Camille
  • 3170Total Sq. Ft.
  • 5Bedrooms
  • 4.5Bathrooms
  • 3Stories

This Urban Farmhouse features a vertical board-n-batten exterior with metal roof accents and gables highlighted by decorative brackets. The front porch is welcoming with twin columns that frame the front door. The gourmet kitchen contains an over-sized island with a prep-sink and an additional serving bar overlooks the vaulted great room. An angled pantry provides plenty of storage and a spectacular bayed-dining room is sure to impress. A utility room is conveniently located near the stairs for laundry drop-off and pick-up to the upstairs bedrooms. The spacious master suite opens to a luxurious bathroom with a freestanding bathtub and a walk-in shower. Two closets allow separation for season items, or perhaps a shoe closet. A second-floor balcony overlooks the great room and foyer below. One bedroom offers a walk-in closet and private bath while two other bedrooms have walk-in closets and share a bathroom. A bonus room and third floor bonus attic provide space for hobbies and entertainment.

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House Plan The Celeste
House Plan The Celeste
  • 2453Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This European inspired design is instantly appealing with cupula-topped gables, vertical board accents, and a stylish eyebrow arch over the front porch. The living spaces are completely open and a screened porch to the rear offers premium outdoor living with a fireplace and kitchen. The master suite is comfortable for two, with dual walk-in closets and a double sink vanity. Sun tunnels bring natural light to windowless rooms, including the mud room, pantry, and bedroom closet.

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House Plan The Janson
House Plan The Janson
  • 2268Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This efficient one-story home plan features a mix of stone, shake, and siding, with multiple gable peaks and a clerestory window above the front porch. A cathedral ceiling draws the eye through the foyer and great room to the porch, displaying rear views. The kitchen is U-shaped with an angled counter facing the great room and dining room. Built-in shelving and a walk-in pantry provide additional storage space. The utility room has counter space with a sink and outdoor access to a covered porch. The master suite is surrounded by windows and steps out to the screened porch. Secondary bedrooms flank a handy pocket office, and each have a walk-in closet and share a convenient Jack-and-Jill bathroom.

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House Plan The Napier
House Plan The Napier
  • 1871Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This modest design is anything but ordinary with eye-catching details, including a mixed exterior of siding, shakes and stone, arched upper windows, and decorative gable brackets. The interior flows nicely with open living in the great room, kitchen, and dining room. The bedrooms are spaced for privacy and each has a full bathroom. Outdoor living is enhanced with a skylight-topped screened porch. Extra storage is available in the garage and above, a bonus room offers additional square footage.

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House Plan The Lindstrom
House Plan The Lindstrom
  • 2169Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This storybook cottage design charms onlookers with striking roof lines and a mixed exterior of stucco, stone and cedar shakes. The foyer welcomes an open floor plan with a column accented dining room and a dream, island kitchen overlooking the great room. Outdoor living is abundant with screened and open rear porches and a patio. The master suite enjoys excellent views from an arched wall of windows while the master bathroom is a spa-like retreat. Notable features include an oversized utility room, pantry, mud room, and multiple storage closets throughout. Two additional bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a flexible bedroom/study round out this thoughtful floor plan.

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House Plan The Linnea
House Plan The Linnea
  • 2277Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This Craftsman exterior has a hint of rustic influence with stone-and-shake cladding and a prominent shed dormer. A courtyard entry garage provides a personal door and extra storage. Columns keep the living areas open, defining the foyer, dining room, and great room. The kitchen features counter seating serving both the breakfast room and great room while the screened porch invites sunshine and warmth with three skylights. A mud room with coat closet and bench seat awaits at the garage entrance, followed by a walk-in pantry. The utility room has additional storage, a sink and a view to the rear. A study/bedroom with full bathroom, two secondary bedrooms, and spacious master suite and flexible bonus room complete the plan.




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