The Ultimate Guide to your Open Plan Home

Extensions and open plans are a common desire for home improvement projects. Not only can it increase the value of your home, but it will give you the space you are looking for without the need to move. What is important to remember, however, is that you need to have a design that is ideal not only for your taste, but for your lifestyle. Here we have the ultimate guide of what to consider when putting together the plan for your dream open space.

Think about your layout

The shape of your space will always differ from someone else’s, so you need to think about how you want thinks to be laid out to suit your lifestyle. However, you also need to consider what is practical. Though you may want a sofa space facing the garden, it may be too small a space to place and you may benefit from placing your dining area there instead. Have a play around with layout ideas until you make a full decision.

What is the purpose of the space?

Are you trying to create a family friendly space, a cosy place to relax or a chic room designed to entertain? It is important to think about how you would like the space to be used before looking at design options. After all, just because you may like the idea of something you see online, does not necessarily mean it will be practical in your home.

Extend or optimise

The aim for this renovation is to get as much space in your home as possible, but there is always more than one way to do it. One option would be to extend your kitchen out, but if you don’t wish to lose any garden space, then another option is to transform two rooms into one for an open plan floor.

Welcome the light

Once you have figured out how you wish to create your space, you can then look at your options to bring in more light. French or bi-folding doors are a wonderful way to welcome natural light into your home. If you have added an extension, then you also have the opportunity to work with velux windows to brighten the space at more angles.

Keep it tidy

To keep your kitchen feeling as open as possible, you may also want to consider more storage solutions, and there are a variety of options available to you. From a walk-in pantry, to a separate utility room, there are many ways to keep clutter at bay and maintain a neat and tidy environment.

“Zone” your space

If you want to create as much space as possible, but still wish to have certain functions for specific areas, you may find you will benefit from splitting floor designs in order to create “zones” in the room. For example, you could have dark tiles in your kitchen, and then bring warmth into the living space by having wooden flooring.

Think about colour

Are you a calm, neutral person, or do you prefer bold splashes of colour? Though you could be either, it is important to think about how the colours you would normally go for would fit into the space. If you love brights, why not opt for whites with colourful appliances to make them stand out more?

There are so many things to think about when it comes to designing the perfect open plan kitchen and living space in your home, so having these areas considered in advance is a big step to building the home you want. The next step is to have a designer who can listen to what you want and bring your ideas to life, and that is where Euan Begg comes in. To find out more about how we can help design a kitchen that will make your home feel complete, contact us today to discuss what we can do for you.


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