YOU WANT A BETTER LAYOUT
When homes were built 50 years ago, they were made up of a collection of separate rooms, with kitchens separated from living and dining spaces.
Today, however, an open-plan layout like the one pictured here by Home by Belle is a common renovation request, particularly for those of us looking to link our kitchen, living and dining areas.
Sarah Comerford of Home by Belle says an open-plan layout is ideal for entertaining, but she cautions against going all the way.
“Sometimes people say, ‘I want this to be open’ and I’ve had to bring them back a step,” she says.
“Open plan is fabulous. If you’re entertaining, everyone’s included, which is great, but there is a point where open plan can feel like it is a barren space, where there’s no structure and no walls.”
In the kitchen, Sarah says a contemporary layout is vastly different to those of yesteryear, with more demand for functionality and island benches to gather at.
“These days everyone wants to hang around, the island bench definitely did change the way people looked at and viewed the kitchen,” she says. “Many of us are looking to change the layout, to try to make it bigger and more open plan because we live differently.”
The pantry has also undergone substantial change, with walk-in pantries becoming standard, along with butler’s pantries complete with sinks and room for appliances.
“Everything has to do more than what it looks like and everyone wants drawers instead of cupboards and they’re so much more functional,” Sarah says.
“It has to be functional, it has to be easy to use, it has to be able to store as much as it can.”