You have seen many houses where you enter through the front door and are immediately greeted by a huge open dining, kitchen, and living room space. Once you cross the foyer area, you see this massive space and instantly feel the energy of the room. On the other hand, there are houses with separate rooms for each function. The kitchen is tiny, with a small island you can barely get around. The small island does not serve the purpose, and no one uses the space as a prep area. The dining room is tiny. And the living space is full of kids’ toys and whatnot. Over time, the living room becomes a space where everything gathers dust as the tiny room is not used for entertaining. Instead of having three separate rooms, you can break a few walls down and combine the rooms to make a big room that functions well for you and your family. But before you get your hammers out, read this article to learn how to design an open-concept main floor in your house.
The Floor Plan: Before you start demolishing work, you need a proper floor plan, without which you cannot move forward. Some people have a vague idea about how their living room/kitchen space would look like. According to that idea, they move forward. But that, my friend, is a mistake. You cannot wing it on the main stage; you need prior preparation and a blueprint when renovating a space.
- Hire a contractor or a designer who knows what they are doing. They will measure every inch of the space and utilize the room to give you the perfect layout.
- Make sure the contractor gets what you want in terms of functionality and design. It is not enough to make a space function; the space must also aesthetically look stunning. You are spending all this money on renovation work; what’s the point if you are not proud of the end result?
Light Sources: When you open up the space, you have more ways to let natural light come into the space. More options never hurt anybody. In the open space, you will have more space for windows, and you might even want to close off some windows and put plastered walls in that place because you don’t want too much light in your living room. You don’t want the sun to blast through multiple windows in the summertime. However, if you don’t want to close all the windows but still want to block the sunlight, you may install roller shades to keep the sunlight out.
- There are different types of shades available in the market. These shades will completely block the light or semi-block the rays to provide the room with a cooling effect. When you block the harsh sunlight with curtains and rolling shades, you lower the temperature of your room, leading to low use of Air Conditioning.
- Ensure the windows are at the side of the living room, not your kitchen space. However, you might want to reimagine the whole layout if you have windows and doors in your kitchen space.
- Install modern artificial lighting to give the space a new finish. These modern lighting options come in different sizes and designs.