Homes used to value private nooks and crannies. Cozy was the goal of the American home, accentuated by whimsical wallpaper and tacky knick-knack pieces.

Now, these old and neglected homes that are separated by walls into awkward areas that no longer make sense to the modern family. These types of projects are perfect for executing the open layout design. With kids running back and forth from the kitchen, attention diverted from the television or stereo, and the desire to merge the kitchen and lounge area into the heart of the home, the open layout has proved to be the most desired solution to converting older homes.

 

Let’s look at an example of a house Center Street Lending worked on in Los Angeles.

center street lending kitchen area before 2

Take a look a the awkward cabinet organization in the kitchen. The wall in the center of the room divided the entryway from the rest of the room, making the place feel smaller.

center street lending kitchen before 1

So the wall and closed-off kitchen area was completely transformed. Through uniform flooring and wall details, the room become one large area with plenty of possibilities.

center street lending kitchen during

kitchen update center street lending

Look at it now!

What are some things to keep in mind when planning an open layout conversion?

  1. Ask yourself how you use this space. Does your family spend more time in the kitchen or on the couch? Are you messy and require a lot of space or do you prefer less table surface overall? What kind of light will you require? Do you have an active family or is it just you and your spouse? Spend some time in your current kitchen and take note of the ways the space limits you and how you would prefer it.
  2. What kind of work does the space require? In your rehab project, be considerate of the preexisting features in the space. You may not be able to add your sink under a window because the plumbing simply may not allow for that flexibility.
  3. Think about paths of movement. You don’t want to get off your couch and bump into the kitchen island.
  4. Sketch your ideas first. This may be obvious, but it can be exhilarating to buy furniture based on taste without planning how everything will coalesce. Consider public versus private spaces, think about whether you want some of the spaces enclosed, or partially walled off. Kitchens are open and public. Plus, how do you like your dining room? In open communication with the kitchen, or more formal and shut off?