Open plan livingContemporary Dining Room
All the walls were removed to allow the living area. dining area and kitchen area to flow into one another and thereby maximise the use of the space
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Who do I ask to do the work?For most of us, our homes represent a sizeable investment, so it’s never worth cutting corners when it comes to structural alterations to the fabric of your house.Fixtures and fittings can be upgraded or replaced, but ensuring your home is safe and secure is essential. It’s therefore vital you seek the support of professionals when embarking on such a venture. An architect will make sure the flow, aspect and layout of the space not only fit with your requirements and budget, but also with the essence of your home. The structural engineer will make sure it all stands firm and stable and, under the direction of the architect, will ensure the structure of the design fits with your vision for the space. Finally, the builder needs to have a variety of skilled tradespeople to hand, as there are often many trades involved in such a job, such as plastering, electrics and plumbing.The building team should be able to work in your home, with minimal disruption to you, to produce a high-quality finished project worthy of your vision, so ensure you work with professionals who come recommended.What are your experiences of removing walls or having structural work done in your home? Tell all in the Comments section.
Overlap in open-planA great technique that not only will enhance the perception of space, but will actually give more physical space within your home is called ‘overlapping zones’.In this small terraced house, there were previously three separate small rooms on the ground floor: a living room, a dining room and a tiny kitchen. By removing the separating walls and installing a funky, lightweight staircase, it was possible to create layered views and bring daylight flooding into the depth of this long, narrow house.However, we went further with this one, deliberately overlapping the different zones of kitchen, dining and living. The kitchen reaches right through into the middle of the house beyond where its containing wall used to be, making for a large and generous space. However, the dining area is opened up, too, and also has more space to play with, as does the living room. So we created three physically larger rooms with no square feet added.How have you created more space in your home (or where do you need more space…)? Tell all and share your photos in the Comments below!
Think outside your kitchenWe’re all familiar with innovative storage solutions for kitchens, such as larder units, tambour doors and plinth drawers. However, kitchen designs don’t always recognise the effect they can have on the overall interior of a larger space. In this narrow, terraced house, the whole design emphasises the linear nature of the space, and the kitchen storage contributes importantly to this. One long worktop draws the kitchen into the dining space, and the wall storage, which is set back from the worktop, becomes a composition of open and closed pigeonholes, morphing from food and crockery storage at the kitchen end to books and DVD storage at the other.
Try flipping directionThis visually lightweight staircase is not just striking to look at. This long and narrow terraced house originally had a staircase crossing the opposite way, but due to the narrowness of the house, the stairs were very steep. By flipping the stairs around and starting from a plinth that’s already three steps up, the new arrangement is less vertiginous, allows for better circulation on the first floor (saving contorted corridor space) and means the way through to the rear of the house is directly reached from the front door. Supporting the stairs on fine steel wires allows daylight from the south-facing front to reach back into the depths of the home.
…like thisHere is the same room seen from the opposite angle, showing how the kitchen and dining areas are merged.TELL US…Do you have open-plan spaces in your home – and how do you use them? Tell us in the Comments below.