One of the trends of homes that were built in the 60’s, 70’s and ’80s were to create separate rooms all throughout the house. The big appeal back then was to have multiple rooms and individual spaces. When those houses were built, they may have been 2000 square feet, but the living room, kitchen, dining room, and den would all have been separated by walls.
In today’s housing market, new homes aren’t built this way anymore. The open concept floor plan began in the 2000’s, and it continues today! Open concept floor plans are still in high demand. Everyone wants large kitchens for family, large living rooms for entertaining, walking space in the master bathroom, and large closets in the master suite.
If you want to modernize your home, one of the first things we suggest is to tear down the walls between common areas and open up the home! This is one of the most requested remodeling services we get asked about. When you take down the wall in between the dining room and the kitchen, you make your home look like it has grown in square footage. When you take down half-walls that separate the kitchen and the living room, you open up the room so that people can have conversations.
Open living areas are great for entertaining, making your house look more up-to-date, and increasing the resale value, as well. At lightbox homes, one of our most common remodeling projects that we work with is to open up the space. Many times, we can open up the kitchen and the living room just by tearing down a simple wall.
Creating Open Floor plans in older homes: Before we remodel, we always check to see if the wall is a load-bearing wall (support wall). Even if it is, we can come back and place columns in those areas, or exposed beams, that will help share some of the support. Beams and columns don’t close up the space, instead, they are architectural features which can add a beautiful feature to the interior, while also creating spatial boundaries between rooms.
In addition to tearing down walls in the living room or kitchen, you may also benefit from tearing down entryway walls, or even removing walls that separate your dining room from the living room.
In our Home remodeling projects, we try to create as much continuous space for the eye as possible. We also try to stick with the same type of flooring so that the room continues to flow, which also makes the space look even larger.
Decorating an Open Floor Plan creates so many options! When we remove walls between the kitchen, the living room, or the dining room, it becomes a large open area with more possibilities. When decorating these spaces, you can use rugs to create spatial designations, and even furniture placed where the walls used to be. Placing small tables in certain areas will create boundaries without walls. Using a rug to mimic the shape of a room, creates a boundary without closing it off with a wall.
Open concept floor plans sell faster and bring a higher value to your home! If you are looking to remodel your older home, or sell a rental property that you have, call us for expert project management and home remodeling expertise!
Call LightBox Homes for an open concept home remodeling plan. Whether you want to live in your home for years to come, or if you are planning on selling the home and want to get the most value from the house, creating an open floor plan is always a great choice, and Lightbox Home Renovation experts are the ones to call!