Most homes are broken up into compartments to help make heating and cooling more efficient, as well as provide privacy where needed. However, in recent years, many people have turned towards integrated living spaces for their home layouts instead. Creative furniture placement and fun lighting are used to create the feeling of a contained space without needing to fully enclose the rooms in a home. If you are interested in experimenting with an open floor plan, Joseph Kitchen and Bath suggests starting with your kitchen and living room.
Integrated Kitchen Living Space
The open floor plan is not a new concept, but it is one that has made a return in recent years. Opening your kitchen and your living room will give your house an easy flow while also making both spaces appear larger. For those who enjoy hosting dinner parties, the integrated space can mean more time with your guest instead of being locked away in the kitchen.
Advantages of Integrated Spaces
There are a lot of benefits to designing an integrated space. With an integrated space, your home will be on-trend and have increased functionality. The traffic flow in your home will improve. There will also be increased natural lighting thanks to the absence of walls. If your home is on the narrower side, open floor plans will help make each room seem larger than it actually is.
Make Your Small Kitchen Bigger
Small kitchens can be difficult if there are several people in the space at once. Working in a small kitchen is also difficult due to a lack of preparation space. By knocking down a wall and integrating your kitchen and living room, you’ll be adding tons of new living space to work with.
By joining spaces, you can also add more things to your kitchen, such as an island or even a kitchen peninsula. You can even increase your dining room seating by extending your table in-between both spaces. This will make your dinners more comfortable. It will also make your parties more social since there would be no barriers to think about.
Make It Social
Do your kids consistently have friends over? Perhaps you often like to cook and chat at the same time. Making your kitchen and living room an integrated space is a great way to keep everyone happy. Instead of having to run back and forth between rooms, you can be in on all the action. This is because of the lack of barriers, increased flow, and extra room that an integrated space provides.
Disadvantages of Integrated Spaces
There are a few disadvantages to having an open floor plan. If you still deciding about whether to knock down your walls, then it’s a good idea to keep these things in mind. Heating and cooling cost tends to increase in homes with integrated spaces. Unless you are very neat, it is easy for a space to look cluttered or unkempt. When you have an open floor plan, you also may lose some privacy. However, many people agree that these are small costs to pay to increase the functionality and amount of space in a home.
How We Can Help
Joseph Kitchen and Bath is always here to help when you want to make a drastic change to your space. We will work with you to ensure that your home has the final look that you desire all at an affordable rate. For more information about our kitchen renovation services, give us a call at (905) 707-7756.