Is it possible to 'un-do' a vaulted ceiling? This is the first house we built and thought we would like the open-ness of the vaulted ceilings.
Well, a few years later and we don't like it. But, we like our location and the rest of the house is good.
Our great-room is about 17 x 30 feet. It's shaped sorta like a T on it's side. So the long part is the living area and one handle of the T is the dining and the other is the kitchen.
We like the layout, but would like a more cozy and better defined living space.
So, part of the coziness we figured we could get if we could lower the ceiling and then use firs or drops to define the spaces a little bit better, but leave them connected so the flow still works.
The way our ceiling/roof is designed, it's like a roof in a roof. In other words, there is airspace above the vault and below the roof. Make sense?
And, we are thinking down the road, if would could get back that space in the attic, we could use it for living space in the future. That is as long as the new floor/ceiling were adequate to support living space.