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Open-Concept Living: What You Need to Know

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice, Tips

Years ago, open-concept floor plans were reserved for homes that were utilizing limited square footage. However, in recent years, open-concept living has become incredibly trendy. While some homeowners still desire separate rooms with their own function, many homeowners are taking a sledgehammer to their walls to create an open floor plan.

Benefits of Open-Concept Living

So what is all the fuss about open floor plans, and why are homeowners set on creating this architectural design? Well, there are many features of open floor plans that you cannot get traditional separate rooms:

  • One feature of an open concept floor plan is that it can transform the smallest spaces. It creates an open and airy feeling, making a space appear bigger. If you desire to bring more light and width a room, tearing down walls may be a solution.
  • Perhaps the most significant feature of open concept living is that it is multifunctional, and it allows for multitasking. For kitchens with open and combined dining and living room areas, you will be able to entertain your guests while preparing a meal. If you have a family, an open concept floor plan allows you to take care of things around the house while being able to keep an eye on the children. In addition, you can use the allotted space for more than one task. For instance, a portion of the living room can also serve as your office area by simply adding in a workstation.

Drawbacks of Open Floor Plans

While the flow, space, and added brightness are significant features of open concept floor plans, there can also be drawbacks to living within such space. Some challenges include:

  • Loss of privacy
  • Lack of wall space which means fewer electrical outlets and unconcealed wires.
  • Designing open-concept floor plans can be challenging.

Should I Opt for a Home with Open Floor Plans?

Whether you are in the market for a new home or you are planning on remodeling your home, you may be considering open concept living. How do can you determine whether this design scheme is for your family? Well, you need to assess your family needs and desires. You will want to take into consideration your lifestyle and see how well the concept will work for your everyday life. Once you do so, you will be able to determine if it is right for you.

Island Range Hoods

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Entertaining, Hardwood and Laminate, Kitchen and Bath, Uncategorized

18283808_STwo big trends in home design merge in this house: kitchen islands and open floor plans.  The kitchen opens onto a larger room that a more formal dining area, anchored by a beautiful focal wall featuring large windows.  Having the same wood floors flow throughout the space makes the two spaces feel cohesive, which it is. One of the key features of this space is the open feeling created by the floor plan and ceiling height.  Having the range on the kitchen island lets the chef take full advantage of the view.  In an open concept space, venting the range with an exhaust hood is key to contain and minimize cooking odors throughout the room.

When ranges are placed on kitchen islands, there are two options for venting the range. One is to have the exhaust vent come up out of the counter as needed. The other is to have a four sided range hood that floats above the range. This kitchen has the second option.  A stainless steel exhaust hood is a popular choice in kitchens whether it is wall mounted or an island hood.

For an open concept kitchens like this, the island becomes the focal point of the kitchen space. Placing the range on the island is a good way for the chef to be able to engage with family at the counter or guests in the living room. Rather than having their back to the room, the chef can watch the action and join the conversation.

Working with an Open Kitchen and Dining Area

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate, Hints and Advice, Kitchen and Bath, Uncategorized

6740018_SMany people have open concept living spaces that flow into another, like this kitchen and dining room.  Working with an open kitchen and dining area to create a design that highlights both the kitchen and the dining areas can be a little tricky.  Successfully decorating these areas will leave you with spaces that flow together yet maintain their own identities.

Making a dining room that is open to the kitchen feel like its own room means highlighting the dining space to make it feel special.  Here that is done by an area rug on the floor that outlines and anchors the dining area. Using an area rug or room size rug in the dining area helps the space feel separate. A painted border could also be used.

A pretty chandelier above the table is a lovely way to make the dining area feel more formal. A similar chandelier or pendant in the kitchen, above the sink or island, would tie the spaces together.

Working in the same color palette for both rooms, playing off the cabinet and flooring colors with similar tones of wood for the dining table and chairs also unifies the design of the two joined spaces.

Open kitchens allow the chef to interact with family and guests. Use design to celebrate this great feature of open entertaining.