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spmm
Whilst I agree about standardisation being a good idea 3 metre ceilings should not cost so much more - Gyprock sell 3000mm sheets in various sizes for walls and ceilings. They are around the same price as 2400 and 2700mm —- Bunnings sell them retail for around $25 a sheet. —- High ceilings make such a big difference to the feel of a home.
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Bagnato Architecture & Interiors

Hi spmm, while I 100% agree with you that higher ceilings are far better, the accumulative effect on additional cost of 3.0 m ceilings is significant. Gyprock is sold in 3.0m length sheets but they cant be laid vertically. If you do, you will add many more vertical joints in the wall as opposed to one horizontally. Also you will need to add an extra timber stud behind each vertical joint to secure the sheet hence carpentry will escalate. Also where the plaster meets the ceiling, the cornice will not sit exactly flat as it will be fixed across multiple joints. Also once you build over 2.7m in height stud sizes and spacings have to be beefed up to meet the Australian Building Code. If you multiply this across every room in the house, it all starts to add up.

My verdict, I would still prefer 3.0m ceilings.

   
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Horizon Homes

We like to work with clients on the design and build for this exact reason. Collaborating with the client when designing a home, we are able to incorporate building sensibility with an aesthetic design that works for the client and complements the block it will be built on, while respecting their budget. We spend a lot of time educating the client about aspects of the build that will impact the integrity of the construction - because you can only do structural things once and you need to get those right. Once clients understand what things will impact the budget and why, then we are able to work together on designing and building a home that meets their unique requirements and stays within budget. I will forward this article to potential clients as I think it is a good way to start educating them about things they may want to consider in their design and build. Thanks for posting!

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