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Open floor planning – getting more space in a house

We’ve all seen the big apartments with wide open spaces either in movies or TV, they are lofty, creative and quite often very expensive to rent or buy.

But is there a way for you to implement that aesthetic approach with your own personal home, even to a smaller extent?

How to create more space at home

The entire idea behind this can be both aesthetic and practical – for the practical part there is simply more room to move around and more space to use, no doors to close or go through.

If you live in a timber framed house then this kind of adjustments are a lot more possible if it’s a masonry building or a concrete structure, then the integrity of the above floors prevent you from removing load bearing walls.

This is true for timber framed homes, however, there are common tips that can be used in order to free more space and there are walls that do not bear the weight of the roof or the above floors.

To figure this out it’s important to consult a builder or to have accurate plans for the house – a consultation with a specialist will clear any misinformation and make sure your home stays safe.

Where to start

A good place to start with an open plan is to figure out what can be removed and what has to stay, in this case a professional is required, though some of you might have the experience to do it.

Any changes in a house need to be authorized by a local body of government and the plans for the new space need to be approved – any time there is structural change the house needs to pass inspection.

There is some legality that need to be considered before beginning and the process of approval might take some time, also adding to the time of your project. There are contracting companies that can take care of that for you, though it will add to the final price of their services.

Decide how bad you want this

It’s easy to get ahead of yourself, especially when you’ve seen something very inspiring on the internet, though you never really know to circumstances under which those photos and that floor plan came about.

Depending on the age of the house, the quality of construction and the plans you have created, this might not be a viable option for you and you should prepare mentally for that.

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