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 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 Priestly
House Plan The Priestly
  • 2132Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This charming exterior features a combination of stone, shakes, and vertical siding. Special details include a front porch, dormer, and gables with curved accents. The cathedral topped great room opens to a relaxing screened porch while the kitchen enjoys a nearby pantry and the single dining area is highlighted with columns and a tray ceiling. This open floor plan is great for keeping busy families connected and makes entertaining easy. The master suite gains vertical space with a cathedral ceiling and private porch access is perfect for enjoying morning coffee or letting pets outside. A spacious walk-in closet is suitable for two and the master bath boasts dual vanities, a standing shower, and a luxurious soaking bathtub. Three additional bedrooms are positioned around the utility room, making laundry drop-off and redistribution a breeze. Two additional baths and linen closets are available for children and guests. The garage is located at the rear of the home with two bays and extra storage. A bonus room above the garage offers additional storage or can be finished as a children's play room or an entertainment room for teenagers.

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House Plan The Sawyer
House Plan The Sawyer
  • 1645Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This modern farmhouse enjoys the best of both worlds with a classic front porch and stylish curb-appeal. A second sprawling porch to the rear continues outdoor enjoyment. The open floor plan maintains an easy flow for families to relax and enjoy meals together. The master suite is free of distractions and tucked away for privacy while the utility room with laundry sink is nearby for convenience. Two additional rooms are available for children, guests, or a study.

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House Plan The Norfolk
House Plan The Norfolk
  • 2653Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This two-story Traditional home plan, with a front entry garage, is the perfect solution for a narrow lot. Gables and dormers create an interesting exterior while the front porch is framed in columns for an inviting entry. Inside, the foyer opens directly into the spacious vaulted great room with fireplace. The open dining room is set apart by columns and a tray ceiling. A kitchen peninsula overlooks the living spaces and an island and pantry are valuable additions. A rear porch expands living outdoors and a study provides a quiet place to work. All of the bedrooms, along with the utility room, are upstairs and a balcony overlooks the great room below.

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House Plan The Oliver
House Plan The Oliver
  • 2015Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This Craftsman design offers copious curb-appeal with an angled garage, decorative gables adorned with timber wood accents, a shed dormer, and a column-framed front porch. This floor plans thoughtful layout maximizes its square footage. The kitchen cooktop-island overlooks the great room and the spaces share a cathedral ceiling. A luxury screened porch enjoys a fireplace for year-round enjoyment and is topped with a cathedral ceiling and skylights. The master suite enjoys privacy at the rear of the home and opens to a relaxing porch. A mud room, oversized utility room, and walk-in pantry provide added functionality.

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House Plan The Galway
House Plan The Galway
  • 2546Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

An arched entry complements this quintessential country porch, framed in columns, while a metal roof adds character. The floorplan matches the simplicity of the exterior providing an easy flow throughout. Modern amenities include an oversized pantry and utility room with sink and wrap-around counters. This design features a large master suite and study and three additional bedrooms upstairs.

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House Plan The Miranda
House Plan The Miranda
  • 1622Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This Cottage exterior is adorned with multiple gables and a center dormer. The front porch is framed in tapered columns and an arched entryway is a charming addition. Cedar shakes and stone lend rustic characteristics to this small home plan. Inside, the foyer offers a coat and storage closet, aiding organization. The large dining room is accented with columns and a tray ceiling. Defining openness, the kitchen island overlooks the great room and they share a cathedral ceiling. A screened porch with fireplace offers versatile outdoor living. The split bedroom design provides privacy to all rooms. The master suite enjoys private patio access, dual walk-in closets, and a well-appointed bath. The generously sized secondary bedrooms share a bath and hallway linen closet.

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House Plan The Linnea
House Plan The Linnea
  • 2276Total 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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House Plan The Janson
House Plan The Janson
  • 2259Total 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 Forest Grove
House Plan The Forest Grove
  • 2432Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This rustic Craftsman exterior features varied gables and arch-topped windows with an eyebrow highlighting the entryway. A single dining space is open to the common areas for a spacious atmosphere. A large flex space room with fireplace at the rear of the home awaits the needs of the homeowner, ready to be used as a home schooling room, play room, or even a dining space for large gatherings.

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House Plan The Blarney
House Plan The Blarney
  • 3102Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This classic exterior features an arched entry framed in tapered, square columns. Twin gables with a single center dormer provide simplicity. The two-story great room features a fireplace and built-in shelves and the open floor plan flows into the single dining room and island kitchen. A symmetrical master suite offers spacious relaxation. Find three bedrooms and two full bathrooms upstairs.

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House Plan The Redmond
House Plan The Redmond
  • 3133Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

The Redmond has a classic farmhouse exterior with its expansive front porch and prominent gables. This design features a grand two-story great room lined with columns and a single dining space facing rear views. The island kitchen is open to the living areas and just steps away from the walk-in pantry. A flexible storage closet near the screen porch awaits supplies for outdoor entertaining.




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