Ceiling too low?

Discussion in 'Just Talk' started by Muse1982, Dec 9, 2020.

  1. Muse1982

    Muse1982 New Member


    I feel such a tool. A few weeks ago i am embarked on sorting out the living room floor. I layed plywood on the floorboards then self levelling. I got so obsessed with the level that i didn't take into account how high the ceiling will be after i had finished . I installed some 10 mm laminate on top and trim. The door was yet to be installed, it then dawned on me that ceiling was considerably lower, I have a measure it and it comes out at 237.5, I feel like ripping it out and starting again, but i think the wife will kill me. Do you think this is too low.?
  2. spannerw

    spannerw Screwfix Select

    Depends if you keep hitting your head.:D
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  3. WillyEckerslike

    WillyEckerslike Screwfix Select

    I've worked in 'modern' houses where the ceiling was lower than that.

    Anyway, if your wife can judge length that accurately (without any mechanical aids), you've possibly got other problems.
  4. Muse1982

    Muse1982 New Member

    the wife is ok about it, the ceiling that is. its me
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  5. ejenner

    ejenner Active Member

    That doesn't sound like it's as bad as some. Personally I prefer high ceilings but I know someone who thinks the opposite. Low ceilings are better for warmth apparently.
  6. gadget man

    gadget man Screwfix Select

    Ceilings in my house (built circa 1955) are 7'6", whatever that is in metric
  7. Frutbunn

    Frutbunn Active Member

    Should have been 7' 6 1/2", that was the minimum height required under building byelaws at the time, metric equivalent was 2300mm. Regulation was abolished in 1985.
  8. Hans_25

    Hans_25 Screwfix Select

    Doesn't sounds that low, my ceilings are under 8' downstairs (1958 house), and I can just touch the ceilings if I stretch when upstairs and I'm 5' 8".
  9. Muse1982

    Muse1982 New Member

    Thank you all
  10. gadget man

    gadget man Screwfix Select

    Maybe it is 7' 6 1/2", But I'm not that pedantic, and what's half an inch twixt friends?...:)
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  11. AnotherTopJob

    AnotherTopJob Screwfix Select

    About 30mm for the ply and floor, a few mm for the self levelling so not really a big loss in height.
  12. Severntrent

    Severntrent Screwfix Select

  13. gadget man

    gadget man Screwfix Select

    Decided to measure mine again tonight, and it's 7' 7" plus thickness of laminate flooring and underlay...:)
  14. Frutbunn

    Frutbunn Active Member

    They got it right at the time then!
    I found some old copies of the building byelaws (as well as some 19th century public health acts) in a cupboard years ago and had a browse through them, mind you they were little more than a pamphlet.
  15. gadget man

    gadget man Screwfix Select

    That pamphlet will probably seem like a limerick compared to todays building bylaws which I'm guessing is like reading Tolstoys "War and Peace"..:)
  16. Bob Rathbone

    Bob Rathbone Screwfix Select

    If wife is happy, then everybody is happy :)
  17. Harry Stottle

    Harry Stottle Screwfix Select

    I can't see why there has to be a regulation for ceiling height. If a builder makes them too low or too high he just won't sell his houses. Just let the market decide.
  18. AnotherTopJob

    AnotherTopJob Screwfix Select

    It seems there isn't any regulation for minimum ceiling height except for 2m on stairs/landings.
  19. Frutbunn

    Frutbunn Active Member

    I think I may have already covered it, there was a regulation until nov 85 that habitable rooms required 2.3m, however, following a review of the regs and the introduction of the new format of B Regs, this was abolished.
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  20. AnotherTopJob

    AnotherTopJob Screwfix Select

    Yes sorry I missed that.
    It always amazes me how low doorways were a few hundred years ago, it shows how much shorter we used to be!

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