Why Open Plan Works.

Published on 30th September 2014
In the nineties and noughties there was a real trend for open plan living, so much so that it seemed that every fourth or fifth homeowner was getting busy with a sledgehammer. Recently, however, there has been a move away from all-out openness; this isn’t because the prospect of a bright and airy, interconnected home has suddenly become less appealing, but rather because of the practicalities of modern life: try taking an important phone call when the television is blaring CBeebies, the washing machine is on a spin cycle and your better half is creating a culinary masterpiece, involving a stick blender and meat mallet. Occasionally, walls and doors can seem appealing!

Despite the turning tide of popular opinion however, at Apropos we still think that open plan has its place; you just need to know how to do it properly.

The benefits of an open-plan home are obvious:

  • With fewer walls natural light can penetrate more deeply into your home.
  • The building feels fresher, as air can circulate more freely.
  • Awkward corners cease to be a problem; furniture can be placed practically anywhere.
  • It’s easier to spend time with your family, when you have a space large enough for you all to occupy at once.
  • You can keep an eye on small children, wherever you are.
  • Entertaining is so much more enjoyable when no one is stuck in a lonely kitchen.

The question is, however, how can you achieve the pros without encountering the cons?

The answer lies in two solutions:

Selective open plan allows you to couple complementary rooms. The creation of kitchen-diners, for example, with the addition of a glazed extension, is a far from waning trend. Cooking can be a solitary experience, but having a kitchen which opens out into a dining space creates an inviting, sociable atmosphere.

Aprofold doors bring a whole new dimension to open plan; if carefully sited they can allow you the best of both worlds; an open plan home than can be compartmentalised at a moment’s notice. If needed, the doors can be quickly and effortlessly pulled closed, the glazing cutting out noise without impacting on light levels, or the general feeling of the house.

Open plan means different things to different people, but with a little effort, and some Apropos flare, you should be able to find a way to make it work for you.

 If you’d like to discuss the options for open plan living in your home then why request a design consultation with one of our experts – or you can order our 2014 brochure here for more inspiration. 

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