Our lifestyle has moved toward informal ways of living and entertaining. Using formal living and dining rooms no longer works for a modern home.

Open concept living is the trend for remodeling homes. You will see many HGTV or DIY shows where they tear down walls and open up an old home.

Taking down walls is a great way to open up your home’s floor plan. It brings the living room, family room, kitchen, and dining room together for a more airy, relaxed feel.

It will improve the light, airflow, and functionality when entertaining which will impress all your family and friends!

Before you take out that sledge hammer and smash up your walls, here are tips to consider when planning for an open concept home.

– First, consider how your space would be best used and the number of people who will be occupying the room.

– Think about the best views around your home. Place new windows and doors to highlight the best views on your property.

– Bringing in more light by adding skylights and widening windows.

– Open your rooms to the outside by adding a slider or french doors.

– Install skylights to flood the room with natural light.

– Raise the ceilings or create vaulted, coffered, or tray ceilings.

– You can make your floor plan look larger by using light colors on the walls, cabinets and floors.

– Plan for personal movement by thinking about the location of doorways and stairs and how people move through your home. You’ll need at least three feet of room between counters and or walls for travel.

– Keep in mind the location of windows, outlets, columns, and partitions. You need to make allowances for existing wiring, gas lines, plumbing, and sewage lines. Moving these can increase your costs considerably.

– Allocate at least 4 feet between the kitchen counter and dining room table. This allows guests to have room to move their chairs comfortably.

If you’re still living with “rooms” separated by walls, it’s time to check out this nice Carlsbad open floor plan.

This 1950’s Carlsbad ranch home was formerly isolated into 4 different rooms, which included a living room, dining room, kitchen, and washroom.

We removed a load bearing wall containing electric, plumbing, and HVAC ductwork, opening up the kitchen to the dining room and family room.

open design kitchen

Formerly, the space around the island was too cramped, and the dining room was isolated. Now, the area is open, inviting, and adequately sized.

carlsbad open design

Mastercraft Home Improvement serves homeowners in Riverside and San Diego Counties with showrooms in the cities of Murrieta and Carlsbad.

Please give us a call for a free design consultation at  (855) 506-4300

We can help you understand options you may not have considered.

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