Throughout the design world, open space and open floor plans are being seen in both new home construction and home renovation. Not only for loft living in converted buildings, open floor plans can also work for first floor living in a variety of home styles. Of course along with homes and lofts, condos and apartments are getting the open concept treatment as well.
If you have an older home and are doing a renovation, you may want to look into opening up walls to create more flow between your living room, dining room and kitchen. Talk with a contractor about the possibility of tearing down walls or creating pass through between kitchen and dining room. A contractor will be able to tell you what walls are load bearing and what walls can be taken down without compromising your home’s structure. Even load bearing walls can be removed but a beam will need to be added to bear the weight that the wall once did.
If you are moving walls or changing the flow of your floor plan, you may want to hire an architect to draw up plans. Your contractor may also be able to assist you with this step.
Once you open up the spaces, you’ll want to make sure you deal with the flooring and wall colors. Will you continue the same flooring throughout the space or use different flooring to delineate the functions of the room? Wall color can also be used to create more flow or highlight separate areas.
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