So you are now at the planning stage of the remodel of your home......what will the exterior look like? What about the interior spaces? What will they be like? Chances are if you've watched an episode of Fixer Upper, Property Brothers or House Hunters, you may be considering a version of open-concept living for your remodeled home. Here are some pros and cons that may help you determine if an open floor plan is right for you:
Pro: Making a Small Space Feel Larger
This is probably the biggest challenge that open-concept living solves. Small spaces can feel so much smaller when they're cut up by walls that delineate one living space from another. Adding more square footage isn't always an option. Whether you're in a condo that can't be expanded or adding on a room is out of your budget, an open-concept can be a perfect solution. It's a not-so-tricky way to trick the eye into thinking that you've got more square footage than you really do is by tearing down walls and opening up your rooms to each other.
Con: A Large Space May Feel Too Big
On the flip side, if you've got square footage to spare, having an open-concept layout can make an already big space feel far too big. A warm, cozy home can be hard to achieve when there are no walls. The feeling of an echoey, warehouse-like living space is even more amplified if you've got high ceilings. And let's not forget that heating or cooling a huge space can be costly depending on the climate of your hometown.
Pro: Being a Part of the Family
If you're in charge of family mealtime, you may be quite familiar with the feeling of isolation that comes with that culinary responsibility. While the rest of your household is watching a show, or playing in the living room, or doing homework at the dining room table, you're toiling away in kitchen. You miss out on conversation and togetherness simply because living spaces are cut off from each other. An open concept is a very neat fix for that problem.
Con: A Messy Kitchen Is Always on Display
Real talk: kitchens can be the messiest part of your home. The work of making a meal is inherently chaotic: bowls cover the countertops; pots and pans in various states of use are out and about; veggies and meats need prepping. Unless you're a master of clean-as-you-go there invariably will be visual clutter in your kitchen at some point. You can't hide from a messy kitchen for a few glorious minutes or hours with an open-concept layout.
Pro: Entertaining Is More Social + Convenient
No matter how well planned-out a party is, a host knows that everyone always ends up in the kitchen. It makes sense! Your guests want to visit with you while they're in your home. An open layout makes this so much more sensible for hosts and guests alike. While you're setting up your crudites and concocting your signature drink, your guests can be at your buffet or on your couch and still take part in conversation with you. And you can maintain a feeling of togetherness without an army underfoot in your kitchen.
Con: Load-Bearing Walls
When you look at a compartmentalized house and imagine an open flow from space to space, your first thought should be: is that a load-bearing wall? Knocking down one of these key walls can come at a huge cost and requires a professional. In many cases, those load-bearing walls can be replaced with beams that displace the weight of your home, but they're not cheap. The cost can easily run into the thousands and thousands of dollars.
Pro: Gorgeous Open Sight Lines
With no walls to block your view, the beauty of your whole home is on full display. Frank Lloyd Wright originally began changing the way our homes were designed to highlight each space and to encourage indoor-outdoor living. His thoughtful plans allowed a continuity of design and flow from space to space to be the highlight of a home. Today's open floor plans are the beneficiaries of this change in concept and can be stunning visually.
Con: Lack of Privacy
If your kids are noisy when they're playing (congrats if yours aren't!); if you need some solitude to get work done; if your partner is bingeing a tv show that you haven't caught up on — too bad. Open-concept homes don't provide the privacy that is needed to accomodate any of those situations. Being together all the time means being together ALL the time. It's a big factor you need to consider.
Open concept living is a very popular trend in today's home design and many families have implemented 'open living' in their home remodeling projects. In the end, you should take all these factors into consideration and choose a home layout that's the best fit for you and your family.
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Monochrome Style: If you don't like dealing with color schemes, you're in luck: monochrome bathrooms are back in style. Monochrome is easy: choose one color and decorate with different shades of it.
Floating Vanities: More and more homeowners are adding floating vanities to their bathrooms as the trend ditches its “modern only” ties and appeals to all home styles. Floating vanities hide all the plumbing inside, leaving the cabinetry “floating” above the ground. This gives a more spacious, open look to a bathroom.
Freestanding Tubs: Today’s freestanding bathtub adds a ‘spa retreat’ feel to your bathroom. Available in almost any shape, you can find one that fits any decor style.
His & Her Showers: You may have already contemplated doing the double with washbasins to combat the morning bathroom rush. The next step? His and hers showering. Separate a large walk-in space with individual controls and screens.
Marble Walls: Marble will always be in trend and has always been in trend. But a marble accent wall done in large overscale slabs from floor to ceiling can be beautiful. You will want to steer clear of anything that has too much variation in it as that visually will end up making things look very chaotic and may not feel as timeless as it once did when you installed it, but a simple veining in a tonal color combo will always stay classic.
Smart Features: Bathrooms in 2018 are getting “smarter” than ever. We’ve heard about smart toilets with seat warmers, automatic lid openers and the ability to even clean themselves, but tech id now is spreading to the shower and vanity. Smart showers can play your favorite music and remember your ideal water temperature. And the automatic faucets that we’ve grown accustomed to in commercial properties are going residential. That’s a trend that’s both convenient and economical.
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Clean Lines: Sleek and minimalistic is a top trend. The use of waterfall edges on countertops and beautiful flat cabinetry plays into today’s top designs. The use of appliances that are state of the art, without completely overwhelming your space, further reinforces this design idea.
Two-Tone Cabinets: Two-tone cabinets can add interest and color to your kitchen design. They add character to an otherwise neutral space.
Personalized Backsplashes & Tiles: Wanting to add color or texture to your kitchen?Personalized backsplashes & tiles are a wonderful way to do it. Whether it’s the use of beautiful subway tiles or a mosaic design pattern, personalized tiles let you put your stamp on your kitchen.
Golden Accents: Rose gold, brass, and copper finishes are here to stay on gadgets, hardware, and appliances. Warm finishes bring a homey luxury and pair well with many cabinet colors.
Matte Black Appliances: Stainless steel is still a traditional choice, but the latest must-have appliances have a sleek matte black finish that won't show every little fingerprint.
Transformative Taps: Beautiful and functional facets have always been important to kitchen design, but now hiding below these unassuming spouts are innovative systems that will transform plain water into sparkling water, or even into a perfectly brewed café au lait.
Appliance Garages: Smart storage ideas are so very important in today’s kitchen design. Appliance garages have built-in spaces for the toaster, coffeemaker, etc. This will help to reduce counter clutter.
At Dantor Martinez Construction, we specialize in kitchen remodeling projects! If you are planning a kitchen remodel now or in the future, please contact us today at (760) 340-3503. We can help you create your dream kitchen!
When planning a house remodel, it can be tempting to skip to the exciting stage of choosing new paint colors, fixtures and fittings, but in order for any renovation to go smoothly, there are several things to think about before you even begin:
Know Your End Goal
Before you begin you need to know what your end goal is for your home. Are you renovating to raise the resale value of your home, or will you be staying put for years to come? Consider the condition of your neighborhood before you begin, and know which renovations are a good return on investment, and which will be considered overdoing it for the area. Having a specific plan in place for your future will help you decide how deep to go with your project.
Have a Budget
Knowing your budget is one of the most important parts of renovation planning. Remember to add in a contingency fund for any unexpected costs—and expect to use it—as well as incidental costs like the cost of eating out for a kitchen reno, or staying at a hotel or rental.
Even in a cosmetic remodel, there can be an opportunity to enhance the function or money-saving capability of your home. When ripping out an entire room, for instance, this may be the perfect time to add insulation to the walls or add additional light or electrical fixtures. The key is to think ahead to how you will use the room, and take advantage of cosmetic updates to enhance the structure of your home.
Ask for References
Choosing the contractor to do your remodel is important! Any good contractor will have no problem providing references, and copies of liability insurance before a job begins. Don’t rely solely on client testimonials, search out actual customers that can give you a firsthand account and answer any questions you may have. For any project, ask to see before and after images of a contractor’s prior work. At Dantor Martinez Construction, we can provide you with all of the above and we stand behind the quality of our work.
Plan the Pack Up
To make any house remodel as simple as possible, declutter, pack up or move any items in the renovation zone. For a whole-home remodel, consider renting an offsite locker or onsite storage pod to keep all your belongings secure and clean during the process.
At Dantor Martinez Construction, we specialize in home remodeling projects! If you are planning a house remodel now or in the future, please contact us today at (760) 340-3503. We can help you create your dream home!