Western Times - - LIFE -

WHEN homes were built in the past, they com­prised a col­lec­tion of sep­a­rate rooms, with kitchens sep­a­rated from liv­ing spa­ces.

To­day, how­ever, an open-plan lay­out is a com­mon ren­o­va­tion re­quest, par­tic­u­larly as peo­ple want to link their kitchen, liv­ing space and din­ing area.

Sarah Comer­ford says an open-plan lay­out is ideal for en­ter­tain­ing but she doesn’t al­ways rec­om­mend com­pletely open­ing up spa­ces.

“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, it is a great way to live.

“If you’re en­ter­tain­ing, ev­ery­one’s in­cluded, which is great, but there is a cer­tain point where open plan can feel like it is a bar­ren space, where there is no struc­ture, there’s no walls.

“We still need walls for fur­ni­ture, TVs, cab­i­netry and some­times peo­ple feel like ev­ery­thing needs to be opened up, which I would dis­agree with.”

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