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The open-plan liv­ing space is an in­ter­est­ing con­cept. While the thought of do­ing away with walls sep­a­rat­ing var­i­ous parts of the house might seem like an ideal so­lu­tion to op­ti­mis­ing the floor plan, in re­al­ity, the ap­proach may not be suit­able for ev­ery­one.

I have my reser­va­tions about liv­ing in a home where the kitchen is in the liv­ing room and the bed­room is con­cealed be­hind a cur­tain. Raised in a tra­di­tional home set­ting, I’ve come to value the im­por­tance of re­spect­ing per­sonal spa­ces. Be­ing a crea­ture of habit, I’ve also come to iden­tify my favourite cor­ners in the home, places where I re­treat to when I need soli­tude and pri­vacy.

Yet with the trend of de­vel­op­ers build­ing apart­ments with open-plan lay­outs, it’s time I look at the is­sue from an­other per­spec­tive. My friends ar­gue that the open-plan kitchen is a boon to the mod­ern house­hold be­cause it cre­ates a con­vivial space for ca­sual din­ing and in­ter­ac­tion. The open na­ture of the liv­ing area also means light and breeze flow eas­ily through the home. Thanks to ad­vance­ments in kitchen ven­ti­la­tion sys­tems by brands such as Bosch, Miele and Hafele, ex­trac­tors and hoods keep the liv­ing area free from smoke and grease – per­fect for reg­u­lar home cooks.

If you think an open-style home is the way to go, we’ve got some ter­rific ideas on de­sign­ing your open-plan kitchen, as well as ways to jazz up the look of your kitchen coun­ter­top. You can also get more tips from our web­site and Face­book feed. Have fun and see you again in Novem­ber.

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