Open Floor Plan
The Open Floor Plan concept continues to be popular. A formal Dining Room is the space of the past typically unused by today’s busy families. Eliminating the extra walls can turn this formal space into usable dining area allowing an easy transition from kitchen to the table while conserving the charm of a formal dining.
Open floor plans in Kitchen, Dining and Living Rooms are imperative for busy families allowing family members to take care of various tasks without being entirely separated or in each others way. Children can keep busy and close while still allowing parents to keep a watchful eye and get the meals under way.
Opening a Great Room presents numerous benefits for families. This once formally enclosed space can become a spacious area ideal for accommodating family members on game nights, or can transition seamlessly into the center of the party when having house guests.
By incorporating and creating Open Plans, there is no longer any reason to limit your spaces to particular tasks. Your Home can become a seamless space where guests and hosts, parents and children can all interact without limitation.
- getting started with a review of your “wish list”
- developing several options of plans to achieve your goals
- 3D illustrations for better visualization
- creating your final plan and making sure you like it
- permit and inspection coordination
- dealing with unforeseen issues to find the best solution possible to ensure your chosen design is preserved
- working within your budget
Below is the illustration of our approach to an Open Floor Project . The Home Owner, a mother of four small children, wanted to remove walls between Kitchen, Dining and Living Rooms to keep an eye on her children while preparing meals. However, in her case, taking down the walls all the way down, would have been a mistake.
Objectives for the Remodeling
- create an open floor plan for the first floor
- update the kitchen
- keep the costs within budget
- Taking down the whole wall between Dining Room and Living Room was not an option because the opening would only be about 4′ wide (the rest of the Dining Room wall belonged to the exterior and could not be taken down). Full height opening like that would look like a doorway blocked by the couch on the other side.
- Limited wall space in the Living Room couldn’t be reduced any further because of the L-shaped couch that was already purchased for Living Room.
- Remove the wall between Dining Room and Kitchen all the way down to the floor while keeping the reinforced header
- Create semi-arched opening with decorative column between Dining Room and Living Room while keeping the lower part of the wall to provide enough wall space for the furniture
- Enlarge existing doorway between Kitchen and Living Room and create a mirror image of semi-arched opening with decorative column between Dining Room and Living Room on the other side
- build breakfast bar between Dining Room and Kitchen where wall was removed to cover up most of the crack on the floor to bring down the costs of the floor restoration
- save money by re-facing kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them
- install new hard surface countertops for kitchen cabinets and breakfast bar
- remove outdated wallpaper and repaint all walls
- install three pendant lights on the header above the breakfast bar; replace outdated chandelier in the Dining Room with the new one of the same collection as the pendant lights
- install additional wall sconces in the Living Room to accentuate semi-arched openings and create cozy atmosphere
- paint brick finish of the fireplace in the Living Room with off-white color to lighten up the Living Room; build new mantel board; hang flat screen TV above the fireplace so that it can be watched from Dining and Kitchen areas as well
- use money saved on floor restoration and kitchen cabinets to get new window treatments in Dining Room and Living Room