Open floor plans are a growing trend in residential construction, especially in older New England homes that tend to feel more closed off. Open concept floor plans are when two or more common spaces are joined to form a larger space, which usually requires removing walls. This can be tricky, because some walls are load-bearing, and carry the weight of the roof and upper floors.
Creating an open floor plan typically involves combining the kitchen, living, and dining spaces to create a central gathering spot. If you’re considering an open floor plan in your home, here are a few of the advantages:
Removing walls attached to your kitchen provides new opportunities to incorporate an island or peninsula for added storage and seating. As a parent, it also allows you to keep an eye on your children in the other room while you prepare dinner in the kitchen, or get some work done.
Having more open space and continuity between rooms makes it easier to spend time with family and friends. Open floor plans create more connecting areas to gather off the kitchen, so you can mingle with your guests while still keeping a close eye on the food.
When interior walls are taken down, you can more easily see into the next room without having to open any doors or walk down the hallway. Having open space also allows natural light to travel throughout the interior rooms, so you may not need to use as much overhead lighting throughout the day.
As a homeowner, envisioning a beautiful new open living space can be a little bit tricky because all you see are walls, and you don’t know where to start. When it comes to removing walls, you should always work with a professional so you don’t risk compromising the structural integrity of your home. Our team will help you explore options, show you drawings, and work with you to match your design choices with functional, stable solutions. Call us to schedule a free consultation about creating an open floor plan in your home 617-969-4900.