Open concept floor plans for a home’s living spaces have become very popular. It’s a great way to maximize space, modernize your home, and create a good flow from room to room. Depending on the load-bearing walls and beams in your home, it’s possible to transform your main living areas into an open concept layout. You’ll enjoy having the kitchen, dining, and living room open to each other.
Custom Cuts 21 Inc. in Calgary specializes in home renovations. Whether you want to renovate your current open-concept home, or want to open up some walls – they can help.
What can a complete main floor overhaul include?
Often, older homes were built with the main living spaces separated from each other. Often, a wall divided the kitchen, dining, and living rooms. When you decide to completely overhaul a space like this, a lot of work goes into it.
First, your contractor will see what is possible with your current home. Opening up walls means you have to check for load-bearing and other structural components. Often, they can add a support post from the floor to ceiling, or an upper beam across the ceiling, to ensure that the renovation is safe. This will be done with the help of a professional designer. Building permits will also be obtained.
Then the fun begins! In the photo you see above, this main floor was completely gutted first. They installed hardwood throughout and ledgestone to the ceiling in the living room and kitchen. The entire space was painted the same colour to give it good flow and open it up. They also removed the popcorn ceiling and installed something more modern.
Pick a focal point for each space
Focal points help draw the eye to a certain point in a room, seemingly opening the space. In the living room area, a great focal point is a statement fireplace. Floor to ceiling ledgestone adds a natural element and height to the room. Placing seating around the fireplace creates a clear visual that this is a seating and relaxation space, without closing itself off from other open areas, creating that sense of being its own room, even without walls. In the dining area, a statement light fixture or unique built-in cabinet all make optimal focal point.
Bring the spaces together with complimentary design features
As the two spaces are side-by-side, you don’t want to use different colours to differentiate the two. That risks the colours either clashing or just overwhelming the eye with too much to look at. Instead, use the same type of flooring and wall colours for a unified appearance. Then, maximize furniture, fixtures, and lighting to create distinction.
For example, in the dining area, install a statement fixture over the table to separate the space. In the living room, you can install an impressive stone fireplace to create a feature wall and add coziness.
Work with a professional
Do not attempt a major renovation on your own. Working with a general contractor will ensure that the renovation runs smoothly, on time, and on budget. It can also save you a lot of stress. Not only can they help with the design aspect of the reno, but they will act as a project manager from start to finish. That means managing and scheduling trades, ordering materials, and keeping you up-to-date as the project progresses. Plus, certified general contractors in Calgary will have proper business licensing, insurance, and WCB coverage. This protects you and your property throughout the process. Experienced and reputable contractors like Custom Cuts 21 Inc. can work with your ideas, budget, and expectations to create the open concept main floor you’ve always wanted.
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With Custom Cuts 21 Inc., your home is guaranteed to have a quality renovation that exceeds itself. Their professionals not only provide quality work, but they also have years of skill and experience to guarantee that work. They provide a range of services including interior or exterior renovations, lane or carriage homes, woodworking, and more.