OPEN PLAN OR INDIVIDUAL LIVING SPACES: WHICH SUITS YOU?
A great design considers the function of a space now AND over time.
When it comes to designing a family home, for example, this may mean considering accommodating: future adult children, guests, ageing parents.
With that in mind, when it comes to the layout of your living spaces, which is best: open-plan or independent spaces?
Here are some things to consider:
1. THE LIFECYCLE OF YOUR FAMILY:
- How many people are in your family now? Do you have plans to expand your family?
2. HOW YOUR FAMILY FUNCTIONS IN THE HOME
- Where in the house do you spend time together: kitchen? Living? Outside?
- Are you a social family? Do you entertain and like to be in one space? Perhaps open plan is for you.
- Are you a quiet family? Do you like independent space or space that can be closed off?
3. CONSIDER THE PRACTICALITIES:
- Sounds and smells: An open plan arrangement will carry sound and smells more easily. Ventilation and soundproofing are key to making this work.
- Utilities: open plan areas may cost more to heat/cool due to the size of the space.
- Open-plan living spaces that have been styled for magazines, look amazing…but if your first thought is how to tidy and/or hide the inevitable clutter, then open-plan living may not be the right option for you.
4. CONSIDER AN OPTION THAT CAN PROVIDE BOTH:
- Create broken spaces: Using furniture to create ‘breaks’/dividers between rooms.
- Multi-use/purpose spaces: Build in ways to make rooms private – pivoting walls, large sliding doors, fireplaces etc.
Stay tuned for next time when we chat to an Architect about the trials and tribulations of managing their own renovation on our next Kick-AS blog…