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I just turned 63 and am in great health. I am getting ready to build what I hope is my last home so I want it to be elderly friendly, small yet spacious and very comfortable.

My problems are as follows:

1. I know that cathedral ceilings make a house look spacious and open however I do not like carpeting and it is difficult for me to hear as sounds echo. I find it difficult to hear the TV (which I very much enjoy) and other people.

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: Cathedral ceilings do make a room feel spacious, but that doesn't always translate as being comfortable or cozy to many people. If you do like the look of a high ceiling, but want the coziness then think about creating niches within the room (with just furniture arrangement and/or semi-walls) for cozy sitting areas and for watching TV. There are a number of good examples of this strategy in my book "The New Family Home". Reduce echoes by using throw rugs on the floor and hanging tapestries on the walls
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