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.