In small house plans , vaulted ceilings can have quite a dramatic effect. Such is the case with this design, where from the entry we included an unexpected sense of volume in the great room. We carried this sensation of space throughout the entire main level, with 9-foot-high ceilings and an open arrangement between the primary living spaces the great room, dining room and kitchen. The kitchen has a very practical layout and includes the convenience of a large pantry and access to a covered rear porch. In as much as we wanted the living spaces to be open, we also wanted the sleeping rooms to enjoy a more secluded environment. We accomplished this by creating a segregated alcove, complete with two linen closets, from which each of the bedrooms can be accessed. Peace and quiet is ensured in the master bedroom, where we created a noise barrier from bedroom #2 via the master bath and closets.