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.”