# How tall is a normal two-story house?

A two-story home with average high ceilings (9 feet high) stands around 20 feet tall. This includes additional square footage from the depth or thickness of the floor (typically one foot) and area above the ceiling (up to 2 feet in homes with drop ceilings). If the room has hardwood floors, that increases the size of the room by about 30%. If the room has carpeting, then it takes up more space and increases the height by about 20%.

Two-story houses were commonly built before the advent of the fire code requirement for fire walls between living areas and other rooms. Because there was no such thing as fire insurance at this time, builders did not worry about wall width. They simply made sure there was some kind of barrier between what would be considered separate rooms today. These days, most building codes require minimum wall dimensions for fire separation purposes.

In terms of volume, the office of the national fire protection inspector estimates that a two-story house weighs about 100,000 pounds. That's enough weight to lift a car about 10 feet into the air.

## How tall is a full-story residential building?

In residential structures, the floor structure is commonly around 1 foot thick, which means that a complete story would be roughly 10 feet tall with 9 foot ceilings. The normal height of a storey in multi-story residential structures is 10 feet (floor-to-floor height is 8 ft.). One bedroom up to 2 bedrooms plus a den or study up to 3 bedrooms plus a study - most average between 930 and 980 square feet. One bathroom up to three bathrooms - most average about 900 square feet.

Full-story buildings are found in urban areas where land is at a premium and house sizes are small. They are also found in suburban areas where developers try to maximize profits by building as many houses as possible on a lot. In general, taller buildings allow for more floorspace per unit volume of space, which is especially important in cities where space is at a premium.

The tallest residential building in North America is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE - this is a skyscraper that is actually two towers connected by an indoor mall. It stands 468 feet tall and has 56 floors - that makes it almost 100 feet taller than the previous record holder! It was built in 2008 and has been called the world's tallest hotel because of its enormous size compared to other buildings of its kind.

## How tall should the ceiling be in a McMansion?

The normal ceiling height in a new home is 9 feet, however this varies by decade. The McMansion trend saw greater ceilings in the 1990s, and purchasers now are looking for modest yet functional places. The typical ceiling in today's McMansions is 12 feet or higher.

The best option for those who want to keep the price tag down is to look at older homes that were built with 8-foot ceilings. These can be upgraded later if you find that you need more headroom.

McMansion rooms tend to be large compared to their occupants. This is because the biggest room on the floor gets all the doors and windows it needs. Also, keep in mind that these are usually two-story houses so your ceiling height is already high before you add any furniture.

McMansion rooms also tend to have low beams. The purpose of this is to make the house appear larger. However, this makes repairs difficult as well as expensive. If this is something you worry about then look for newer models where this isn't an issue anymore.

Finally, remember that a McMiniism doesn't have to be ugly. Many modern designers will work with what you have instead of trying to fit everything into a tiny space. Look for examples of nice McMansions on the market and you'll see what I mean.

##### James Jording

James Jording is a building contractor. He has been in the business for over 10 years and specializes in residential and commercial construction. His favorite thing about his job is that every day brings new challenges and opportunities for growth, which makes it feel fresh and exciting all day long!

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