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The creation of common use spaces inside homes to achieve a more transparent distribution is the purpose of the call open concept, that decorative trend that proliferates so much in the current reform projects. Which are the most requested, their pros and cons and what we should do before launching this report.
Let yourself be advised by a professional. The incorporation of the kitchen into the living room is the reform of open concept that more interior designers carry out; but others have been added to it, such as incorporating the bathroom to the bedroom or, in the smallest floors, integrate this one in the own room without doors. All with the aim of increasing the feeling of spaciousness and bring the light to every corner of the house. Half-height work walls, sliding doors, panels, curtains, glazed enclosures or the provision of furniture such as sofas, sideboards or headboards ... are resources used to open or close the rooms, depending on whether you want to achieve greater or lesser independence.
Are all houses susceptible to this type of open work? Seems that if. “Any home has a distribution that responds to the needs of its future tenants. The issue is to find her ”- affirms Carmen María de la Rubia, technical director of Reformadísimo-. “It is important to take into account the real use of housing: number of people, customs… For example, the elimination of a partition between kitchen and living room can have a high decorative potential, but it depends on whether the use of the cooking area it is casual or everyday to guarantee a renewal of fumes and odors, ”says Javier Méndez, director of the technical cabinet of the Association of Surveyors of Madrid. “You can even tear down parts of interior load-bearing walls or make holes by strengthening the structure,” says Sofía Solans, architect and project manager at Habitissimo.
Do you want to turn your house into a loft without partitions or doors that condition it? Ahead! The open concept Technically it has solutions for everything, but first you must seek the advice of professionals. Requirements to keep in mind. They are summarized in three: functionality, security and habitability. It is important to know the location of the downspouts of the toilets, facilities to be relocated and of the structural elements of the house (pillars, load-bearing walls, windows ...).
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES
In positive: with open spaces you gain in light, ventilation and freedom of movement; They look neat and clean and can be easily modified.
In negative: the lack of traditional privacy in a home and the spread of odors from the kitchen to other spaces, although it can be solved with powerful extraction hoods and glazed windows or enclosures.
PERMISSIONS AND LICENCES
The distribution changes require minor construction and structural licenses, major construction permits that must be requested from the city council. We must also inform the neighborhood community.
And if the needs of the owners change over time? It could be partitioned again, the open concept technically it is reversible, although this would imply changes in the ground, lighting ...
A pillar in sight in the kitchen is no longer a problem if you take advantage. “Today it makes no sense to have a table of
dining room in the lounge, which is only used a couple of times a year. In the reforms that unite living room, dining room and kitchen, it is practical to design a multi-purpose surface for eating, working, studying, meeting ... which becomes the heart of the house, ”says Carmen María de la Rubia, technical director of Reformadísimo, a company The one that belongs to this open kitchen project with multipurpose surface.
The use of glazed enclosures provides access, lighting and ventilation to the shared rooms; while the use of sliding doors allows to open and close the spaces, depending on the privacy you want to achieve at any time, as in these kitchen projects attached to the living room signed by Alberich-Rodríguez Arquitectos.Glazed enclosure
The option of open concept in kitchen-living-dining room can be totally open or partial, like the one made in this reform. In it a glazed enclosure was used as a space separating element. This way you gain privacy and the light circulates without problems. Project, of the company Reformadísimo.
In this house, the engine of the reform is given by the union of terrace-living-dining room-kitchen. The sequence of spaces achieves continuity by placing the same wooden pavement (except for the kitchen to delimit this area) and, at the same time, that each environment has its independence.
In the background, the dining room, which also serves as a work area, has been separated from the kitchen with movable walls. A perfect solution! This original project is signed by the company Mapout.Loft
The high ceilings in houses can be used by creating an upper floor, as was done in this house, whose upper level is based on a structure of wooden beams and steel grid. This loft is partial or total, depending on the level we are at. The ground floor houses a living room - kitchen in an open space, separated from a movie theater and a full bathroom. Meanwhile, on the upper floor they share a bedroom-dressing room and a study area. Project carried out by the architecture and interior design studio La Reina Obrera.Day and night areas
In the houses with several floors it is convenient to divide the distribution “into day and night areas, since the activities in them are different,” says Sofía Solans, of Habitissimo.Catalan vault
In this three-story project, the day area was located on two levels: in the lower part, the brightest and with access to the garden, the living room with Catalan vault was arranged, and in the upper part are the kitchen and a small toilet. Both levels were visually joined with a window that makes the house independent and gives depth. It is an interior design project carried out by Sandra González, of the Standal Group company.Mobile screen
Mobile screen and furniture, as separating elements. In this loft with terrace on a higher level, the division between living room and bedroom is done through the distribution of furniture. Thus, intimacy is ensured with the placement of the sofa on its back, a bookcase and a mobile glass screen that opens or closes at will. In addition, brick walls and wooden beams, hidden in a false ceiling, were recovered and left visible to gain in breadth. Interior design project carried out by La Reina Obrera.