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Tomtrick Contemporary Living Room, Stockholm

Photo of a small contemporary open plan living room in Stockholm with white walls. — Houzz

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Sarah Warwick added this to How to Divide an Open-plan Space With a Half-wall
Draw a lineIn this open-plan space, a half-wall is positioned between sitting and dining areas. The advantage? The recliners feel anchored in the large space, and the dining area is distinct. It also creates a spot for display and personalisation of the flat.Take a look at another open-plan dividing trick employed here, too. The bed is on a platform, and enclosed but not shut off by glass, so it’s both apart from and above the living area, adding another level to the small home.Mistakes to avoid when space is tight
houseology added this to How to Make the Most of an Open-plan Flat
Divide and separateA thoughtfully placed bookcase or storage unit can also act as a powerful separator between the living and dining areas. As well as providing useful storage for either area, it creates a useful surface on which to place plants, sculptures and photos, all of which help to separate the zones.
Architect Your Home added this to 10 Vital Questions to Ask Before Knocking Down a Wall
How do I know if it’s a load-bearing wall? Once you’re clear about the spaces you want to create, you’ll be able to see which walls need to be removed to achieve your plan.Don’t get carried away with the idea that identifying walls you can demolish is as simple as knocking on them to see if they sound hollow or not. This will indicate that the wall is probably made from timber studs rather than brick, but beware, as stud walls are sometimes load-bearing.In simple terms, a load-bearing wall is one that supports other elements of the house, such as the floor joists, a wall above or the roof. If you’re using an architect, they will have the knowledge to advise you as to which walls are supporting/load-bearing and which ones aren’t.

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