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Cathedral Ceiling Modification

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(not sure if this is the right forum but im sure there is a few contractors on here...) We are currently looking at a house plan that has 3 bedrooms upstairs, one situated directly over the livingroom. Were thinking of modifying the plan by eliminating that one room to open up the living room and add cathedral ceilings. My question is, would the cost saving associated with removing the one room (drywall, ducts, electrical, flooring etc.) offset the cost of the more expensive joists needed for cathedral ceilings? What are some other financial pros/cons of doing this, (higher heating costs? lower property taxes due to reduced sqr footage, etc.?) -thanks
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Generally eliminating a bedroom could reduce your house value
But adding a cathedral ceiling in the main room could bring that value back
So tax value may or may not go down
Usually you need to appeal (wording ?) the tax value to get it reduced
Were you heating the bedroom you are eliminating?
Will the new cathedral room include all of the prior room?
Or will the new ceiling be lower then the old ceiling?
Is the thermostat in the room that will have the new cathedral ceiling?

I doubt you will recoup the cost of the renovation in lower taxes
It will probably be a lot of work to convert this
It should cost less to build without the extra room
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