Considering a home remodel? These open concept design tips can help you. In recent decades, many homeowners have started choosing to remove barriers and partitions. Especially between kitchens and family rooms or dining areas and living rooms to create a more open and sociable environment. Many realtors contend that open floor plans will increase the value of a home. As well as enhancing the traffic flow and social interaction within the home.
Older, early 20th Century homes tend to be more “compartmentalized”. These structures feature several rooms connected by a central hallway. Ironically, many of the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright’s landmark creations of the late 1800s were, in fact, wide-open concepts. Frank’s ideas took a while to catch on, it seems.
Most new homes and remodels today spotlight a wide-open design with high ceilings and subtle components to define specific spaces. Without walls, a center island or a peninsula can define the kitchen boundary. Furthermore, furniture arrangements often help define the living or dining areas.
Advantages of an Open Concept
Open concepts can offer greater versatility and flexibility within the space. For example, the open area might be a family room, playroom, or home office during the day. And then become a home theater or cozy, fire-lit den in the evening.
A parent working in the kitchen area can monitor children playing in open living areas more easily.
Additionally, an open floorplan allows for more natural light to flood into spaces that otherwise would have been dark without windows. Not only can this reduce energy consumption, but that space will also become more inviting.
Open floorplans and tall ceilings allow for a spectacular transition to outdoor living areas. With big windows and glass doors leading outside, residents and guests can enjoy the light and view during any season.
Good Idea for Smaller Homes
While larger homes already tend to have larger rooms, a smaller house can take on a more spacious look with an open concept. Light distribution and airflow are vastly improved when the walls to a small kitchen, hall, and dining rooms are eliminated.
Bathrooms, too, can be moved and modernized to allow for more uninterrupted space.
Open Concept Design Tips
The critical element of this remodel is the design. Your architect should attempt to maximize the “openness” of the space. This can be achieved by removing as much of the interior wall structure as possible. By doing so, you can enjoy an uninterrupted sightline from the outer wall to a chosen interior location.
A professional design-build architect will be able to identify load-bearing walls and devise structural alternatives to create your new concept. Large horizontal beams will often provide the structural solution while also creating an aesthetically pleasing ambiance to the room.
Work with an Award-Winning Design-Build Firm
Working with a professional design-build company to create your open concept design is the first step. Creative in design and realistic in execution. A design-build expert can help you visualize your dream while seamlessly turning the project into reality.
One company, Master’s Design Build of Hatfield PA, has been converting Eastern Pennsylvania properties into more beautiful, functional, and valuable showcases for over a decade.
From your initial consultation to the collaborative design process and final walkthrough, the Master’s professionals will keep you involved and informed each step of the way.
And, because one company performs both the design and the construction, your overall cost will be less than if the functions were handled by separate companies.
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