Are you looking to increase the space in your home? If so, switching to an open concept layout may be a great option. Open floor plans give the home an illusion of space without actually adding on to the structure. This will allow you to have more space to entertain at a fraction of the cost of a total remodel. Are you on the fence about tearing down your walls? Orange Contracting has everything you need to know about open concept floor plans so you can make an informed decision.
Trendy or Functional?
Before you rush to hire an architect or contractor based on pictures you have seen online, take a moment to look at the basics. Think about your personal needs, style, and budget. This will help you make an informed choice about home renovations that will last you a lifetime.
One of the most prevalent issues among homeowners is the lack of space in the home. An open floor plan will allow you to create the illusion of producing more space without actually creating more square footage. If your home maintains several more private rooms, tearing down walls to open up the area might be a viable option. For homes that already feature large rooms, converting to an open plan will just make space appear unfinished.
Homes that have unutilized or underutilized spaces can benefit from an open concept floor plan. Instead of having pockets of unusable space or small rooms, you can create multifunctional spaces. Your family room can also work as a dining space and guest entertainment area. If you’re not into entertaining, then perhaps the space could be used as a play area for the kids. Just keep in mind that with an open floor plan you also lose out on the ability to have dedicated quiet spaces.
Make It Match
Removing walls in your home will help to bring the family closer together. Without walls, your separate rooms will no longer exist, so it’s critical to evoke a cohesive atmosphere. The floors, walls, and accents will all need to match through the entire open space floor plan.
There are lots of upgrades you can complete yourself, but creating an open floor plan isn’t one of them. You will need a qualified contractor to assess which walls can be removed safely without affecting your homes structural integrity. Your walls also hide many electrical wirings and plumbing that will need to be restructured.
Keeping in mind that you will need to hire a professional company to help with your renovations, you will need to budget accordingly. On average, knocking out a wall will cost between $500 and $1,000 per wall. In the event that the wall you want to remove is load bearing, the costs will increase. You will also need to hire plumbers, electricians, and have the home inspected once the work is complete. This doesn’t account for cosmetic finishing like painting or adding fixtures.
How We Can Help
We are always here to support you when starting your next renovation project. We have affordable rates and licensed contractors on hand to meet all of your needs. Give Orange Contracting a call at (416) 817-2590 to find out more.