open plan solutions
Open and Closed If you the answers to these questions make you think an open floor plan may not be for you but you still want one, there are a few solutions that can help your home life run smoothly within one.
The Quiet Room SolutionOne recent trend designers have noted is a quiet room placed outside of the open floor plan. This room can be closed off from the rest of the spaces to serve as a quiet library and office. Or conversely, it can be used to hold the main TV and video games so that the noise is contained to this one closed-off space.
The Now-It’s-Open-Now-It’s-Not SolutionIt is possible to maintain an open feeling while keeping distracting noise out. This home office has a wall of glass that lets in the light and provides expansive views, as well as glass doors that can seal the room off from noise.
The Dirty Kitchen SolutionThis solution is far from space efficient, but some homeowners who entertain often are opting for dirty kitchens. Dirty kitchens are similar to butler’s pantries, but larger and fully outfitted with appliances and a sink. This means you or your caterers can prep and make a mess in a kitchen space that’s hidden from the open space.
The Wide Kitchen Pass-Through SolutionA separate kitchen does not have to be fully cut off from other spaces. A wide pass-through can ease conversations and serving food and drinks between the kitchen and other rooms while keeping a mess hidden and visitors out of the cook’s way.