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Is Open Plan Living for You?


Is open plan living for you?
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Everyone is impressed with the contemporary home renovation style that highly favors integration of kitchen and socializing areas, with the combined area often looking out over the stairs or backyard. Most homeowners feel open plan living is the new way to design their home, taking down internal walls to create a large open space – combining kitchen, dining, and living areas while leaving only bedrooms and bathrooms closed off. But why is there so much fuss about it? Well, this kind of setting makes the small home appear larger and spacious. Not only this, since open plan is the contemporary style of home decoration, it helps raise the property value.

So does the open plan living idea impress you? Is this kind of living space for you? Consider answering the following questions:

  • How feasible is it to combine room A and B? Are there clear boundaries between the two areas you plan to integrate to avoid that bedsit look?
  • Can you afford the home renovation cost?
  • Is it necessary to invest so much in creating an open living space?
  • Do you often feel left alone in the kitchen or living area while your partner works?
  • Are you very social and throw lots of parties?
  • Do you seek more light, space, and ventilation in your home?

The Nordic-style open plan living works great for most homeowners, and it may work equally great for you only if you are okay with some of its drawbacks. The beauty of an open plan space is that one space can be easily seen from another. This is one of the drawbacks of such a home décor – you can’t hide one messed up space from another. Mess in one corner of the integrated space means the whole room appears messy and cluttered. Your best chance to avoid this situation is to be clever about storage options in an open living space.

Proper ventilation is also crucial for an open space plan, because you don’t want to irritate your guests or family members with the smell of garlic or spices or burned dishes in the open kitchen. Moreover, ventilation will save you from the extra cost of heating or cooling large spaces at a time when energy prices are shooting up constantly.

Bottom Line

Home remodeling doesn’t come cheap. So you should spend some time thoroughly researching the open living space pros and cons before finally making the decision to go for it. After all, you don’t want to end up blaming yourself for having made the decision for a renovation plan gone wrong!