Back in our grandparent’s generation, the most common home layout included many small rooms rather than one large space. This architecture style was a practical choice as heating and cooling a large room was very difficult. Today, most floor plans being built are open concept, as seen in many modern contemporary<span Continue reading
While open concept homes are in high demand among buyers, what should you do when your home is too open? Sometimes, furniture configuration in large, unrestricted spaces can be tricky to arrange because there are fewer walls to back your furnishings into. If you are having a difficult time making your open areas function, make the most out of your space by breaking your living area up into smaller, more manageable sections.
If you have a very large room in your home, make it do double duty by visually converting one room into two. Rather than building up walls to reconfigure your floor plan, there are many other options to maintain the open feeling of your room while designating it as two separate areas.
If you own your home, one way to section out your existing room is to build out a permanent partition wall. If there are many windows in your space, this is an excellent way to maintain all of the natural light in your room while also splitting off the space.
If you are building one small pony wall, this is a very cost effective method to create a permanent floor plan change as any handy do it yourselfer could take this on as a weekend project. If you plan on working with load bearing walls, or installing any beams to support other floors, it is a good idea to get a general contractor involved in your project. A construction professional can come in handy when making many smaller rooms out of one larger space, and they will have great advice on how to define the structure of your home.
The only difficult aspect of adding a pony wall would be if you would like to add outlets or other electricity to your new partition. If electricity re-routing is a requirement, it is important that an experienced and licensed electrician completes this work.
Another great option for breaking up the space is to integrate a non-permanent partition. There are many different materials that can be used to create your temporary divider. Bookcases and shoji screens make practical and beautiful additions to any space in order to help break up your room. You can also create a semi-permanent divider by hanging a sliding barn door, curtain or other temporary wall structure to create boundaries in your larger areas.
Open concept homes are great for resale, and if you own your house, you can make top dollar on your next move. By not blocking off your large rooms and defining your current living space, you are appealing to even more buyers in this already seller-dominated market.