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Evaluating the Pros and Cons of an Open Concept Home Remodel

May 11, 2015

If your home is divided into several small rooms, there is often temptation to tear down the walls during your home remodel and create a single expansive living space. While this has become a popular trend, some potential downfalls exist to be aware before you reconfigure your home.

Think from floor to ceiling

It is ideal to have a single flooring material for the entire open concept, but if multiple products are required, consider where the transitions will take place and how that will look. Vaulted or high ceilings could be challenging to combine with spaces that are traditional height. If you are removing a wall that has structural implications during the home remodel, you might need to use a beam or other support after meeting with a professional engineer, so consider how that will look in the space.

Evaluate your lifestyle

Does your family enjoy cooking or entertaining? If you find your family or guests gathering in small divided spaces in the home and moving back and forth constantly between them, open concept could be a solution for you. For families the ability to keep an eye on a child while cooking or cleaning in the kitchen can be valuable. On the other hand, think about what goes into cooking and meal preparation. A messy chef may not want the sights and smells of meal preparation in clear view of guests, and laid-back housekeeper may not want the entire space to be seen at first glance.

Identify all the uses for the space

Gathering and interacting in the open concept areas of a home can be great, but consider all the activities in that space. You will be removing the privacy. For anyone who works from home that can eliminate the idea of a traditional office space. One home remodel solution may be to create a partial open concept, especially in the kitchen area if it is closed off from both living and dining spaces, but leave other parts of the house divided for practicality.

When you watch design shows it seems like every home remodel requires massive amounts of demo, removing walls and sometimes requiring major structural enhancements. While it can be tempting to follow the trend, before you decide to completely open up your home, take the time to evaluate if that concept is right for your home and your lifestyle. The team at Renovations of Tulsa have experience working with homeowners from planning though the end of the project to create the best space for them.

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