Open Up Your Space (and your life) With Open Plan living

When it comes to homes most South Africans like space. And it’s certainly a deciding factor when it comes to buying a new house or starting a home extension project. Optimising your living space could involve opening it up a bit more.

This is particularly true for smaller living spaces. By opening up the space, it eases the movement in and out of an interior, helping it flow better and more seamlessly.

When you’re building a new home, you could look at adding only the necessary interior boundary walls while you’re designing the project with your architect or draughtsman.

But open-plan space also needs to be planned well and suited to the space’s purpose and overall practicality. As a result, there are different spatial considerations for different rooms and this greatly depends on your home’s layout.

Planning living areas that spill into one another is probably the most effective approach to an open plan home. In this case, you’ll also need to consider how much natural light the house will get overall, and the design should then capitalise on that as much as possible.

If you’re planning a home extension project or a renovation, it’s also crucial to keep natural light and the spatial flow in mind.

In this case, the architect or designer will look at which walls can be removed to open up your living area without compromising the structure.

Removing walls can definitely add volume to a smaller space and make it feel a lot larger than it actually is because the barriers are removed. It’s also important to remember that even if you’re only removing an interior wall during a renovation, you still need to investigate the regulations and apply for building plans approval.