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 Ellington
House Plan The Ellington
  • 2205Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

The Ellington is an endearing Farmhouse design with a wrap-around porch and triple dormers. The kitchen is positioned at the front of the home with a window and is highly functional with an e-space and storage pantry. Enjoy meals in the open dining space or, when the weather is nice, take to the impressive screened porch with cathedral ceiling and skylights. The two-car garage opens to a mudroom and the utility room is a multi-purpose area with a sink and plenty of counter space. The master suite is located on the first level and the secondary bedrooms and a full bath occupy the upstairs along with a balcony overlooking the two-story great room.

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House Plan The Hedlund
House Plan The Hedlund
  • 3347Total Sq. Ft.
  • 5Bedrooms
  • 4.5Bathrooms
  • 3Stories

This stone-and-shake home plan features a whimsical exterior with sloping gables, arched elements, and metal accents. Exceptional details highlight the first floor, from the island kitchen and oversized walk-in pantry to the multi-functional utility room. Expect royal-treatment from the master suite with a vast, tray ceiling topped bedroom, abundant closet space, and an opulent bath. The second floor offers secondary bedrooms, a bonus room, and a convenient laundry chute. Bonus space on the third floor is a treat for the homeowner to add a home theater, game room, or gym.

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House Plan The Elise
House Plan The Elise
  • 3062Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1.5Stories

This Craftsman exterior is highlighted with multiple front-facing gables and accented by arched windows. Front porch arches mirror the windows and columns provide definition. The front porch leads into a spacious foyer with coat closet and nearby, the study offers a full closet and adjacent bathroom. The two-story great room welcomes rear views and a fireplace and built-ins are instantly welcoming. A coffered ceiling tops the dining room and a column creates distinction from the open kitchen. A central island with sink simplifies meal prep and an over-sized walk-in pantry is just steps away. A multi-functional utility room and mudroom, with seating area and storage closet, provide much needed organization for busy households. After gardening or yard work, a side entry porch allows entry directly to the mudroom for easy cleanup. Completing the first floor is an opulent master suite with sitting room, dual walk-in closets, and a luxury bathroom. Rear porches, including a screened porch with fireplace and summer kitchen, bring the joy of indoor entertaining to the outdoors. Two sets of stairs provide access to the second floor. The open great room is visible from the balcony above offering a loft with desk and built-in shelves. Two bedrooms share a bath and a bonus room provides space for future expansion.

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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
  • 2000Total 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 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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House Plan The Cheyenne
House Plan The Cheyenne
  • 3007Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 4Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This mountain home is overflowing with curb appeal and thoughtful details. The barrel-vaulted foyer ends in a single column, presenting the open great room/dining room/kitchen area. A cathedral ceiling extends through the great room and out over the rear porch, with sliding French doors bringing in light and views. A screened porch, bedroom/study, peaceful master suite, and generous utility room complete the main level. Both stairs and a home elevator lead to the finished walkout basement, where two guest rooms and a rec room enjoy access to porch and patio space.

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House Plan The Greer
House Plan The Greer
  • 1914Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

A prominent shed dormer accentuates the entry to this cottage home. The column-lined foyer with double coat closets leads to the great room and dining room, and the spacious kitchen is steps away with a pantry and flexible e-space. A mud room by the garage has its own covered entry and a seat to take shoes on and off. The master suite is situated for privacy and has a tray ceiling, dual walk-in closets, and access to the expansive covered porch.




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