If you have been thinking about re-configuring the layout of your home for a more open floorplan, you are not alone. Open concepts and floorplans are still going to be extremely popular in the new decade and here is why…
…it makes your space look bigger than it really is!
Another reason you might want to open up your space is because segmented floorplans typically severely limit the size of your kitchen. We are going to walk you through one of our entire home remodeling projects in Schaumburg as an example.
On this project we did not leave any stones unturned: we installed new windows, new siding, put a new roof on, reconfigured the space and opened the floorplan, installed new electrical, and plumbing! When we finished remodeling the home, the home was almost unrecognizable from what it looked like before renovations!
Here are two photos from the same corner of the home before and after remodeling:
Seeing is believing! Removing the L shaped wall surrounding the kitchen makes the space look twice as big! It also helps that the second photo does not have furniture but you get the idea. It looks like two completely different homes!
Don’t make the fault not to vault!
We also redid the framing in the ceiling to do a full vault for the open space. If Shakespeare was alive today, he might ask “To vault or not to vault? That is the question!” Vaulting ceilings like removing walls, makes spaces feel bigger and much more grandiose. In the city of Schaumburg where this home is located, most homes only have 7 ½ foot ceilings when most homes built today have either 8 foot, 9 foot, or 10 foot ceilings on the main level. If you are claustrophobic, you will definitely feel the difference in a home with 7 ½ foot ceilings. But if you vault the ceiling of a home with 7 ½ foot ceiling, it will feel even more open than a home with 10-foot ceilings as you can see below in this photo.
Consider an island for the kitchen
Islands in the kitchen with an overhang are ideal when opening up a floor plan because it gives extra counter space and gives you a second eating area outside the eat in kitchen area or formal dining area. This is great for kids eating cereal in the morning or lunches. It can completely remove the need for an eat in kitchen area and provides extra cabinets for storage as well. The island on this Schaumburg home remodel will comfortably sit 3 adults or 4 children.
Remove large trees or bushes from the front of the home
You want the outside to match the inside. Homes will often seem smaller when there is large overgrowth in front of the home. If there are large bushes or trees in front of the home, consider removing them or trimming them back to showcase the front elevation of the home. You will some greenery, flowers, and bushes but you do not want it to cover windows which block natural light because natural light also makes homes feel bigger.
Below is a different project in Naperville where the only outside work we did was remove a tree and look at the difference it made!
If you would like us to look at your home to help you create an open floorplan or reconfigure your space, feel free to call us at 847-305-2593. We are a Chicago home remodeling contractor based in Schaumburg. You can also learn more about the project in this article by watching the video below and make sure you say YAY to opening the floorplan for your next home remodeling project.