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How to break up my open floor plan
Patrice
January 18, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I just purchased a home about 3 weeks ago, and i didn't take into consideration how would decorate a home with an "Open floor plan" basically I need your opinion on how to break it up. I was thinking about maybe adding french doors to seperate the living room and kitchen/dining area? Because when you walk in the front door you can basically see straight through to the kitchen/dining area. The blue tape on the floor is an idea of possibly adding an island or a peninsula? Please Help :-) (I have attached a few photos... )
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decoenthusiaste
If you put your island or peninsula where the tape is, you'll have a very crowded dining space. Could it work if installed across from the dishwasher snugged to the opposite wall? Looks like that will give you more floor space in the dining area.
January 18, 2013 at 9:01AM   
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Interiors International, Inc.
Why would you want to break up the open plan. Everybody wants to open them up instead. Floating furniture and using area rugs to define the separate areas. You might consider a rounded end to the peninsula. This could be set at bar height which will separate the kitchen visually.
January 18, 2013 at 9:05AM     
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Patrice
Thank you for commenting. I did think about adding a counter top for bar stools across that wall under the window. Does it have to be the same type of counter type? Also, what are thoughts on the seperating the rooms with french doors?
January 18, 2013 at 9:06AM     
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leslieburr57
I actually took down a wall to create an open concept area where living, dining and kitchen show. Open concept is very popular these days. I used rugs and groupings of furniture to define areas. I'll attach a few photos to show you.
January 18, 2013 at 9:13AM   
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leslieburr57
Old photos, sorry. Just moved in. Try these
January 18, 2013 at 9:18AM   
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Patrice
To Interiors inter., thanks for your comment. That's what I've been hearing from friends that everyone likes the open floor plans now a days., The wall to the right has a 1/2 bath, so if I am entertaining company and someone has to use the bathroom, they "may" feel uncomfortable because there is really no privacy between the kitchen and the living room...
January 18, 2013 at 9:18AM     
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Patrice
Thanks Leslie! looks great. I will try your idea. what do you think about adding the pennisula or the island in the kitchen and move that long ceiling light?
January 18, 2013 at 9:21AM   
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Patrice
Hi Leslie, did you take the island out of your kitchen or is it still there?
January 18, 2013 at 9:29AM   
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leslieburr57
My contractor did suggest the island on the diagonal. I can work in the kitchen and see the TV. Having the island also gives me space for entertaining, as I can lay out a large spread of food. I purchased a dining table from Crate & Barrel that folds down to very small, next will hold 2, and fully extended will hold 4 -6. I don't know if space is an issue, but there's a lot of creative solutions to get the most out of your space. My last feedback would be that a wall is bad, an island good. I've had many compliments on the diagonal placement. It gives you a good work area, and people cluster around islands. Good luck!
January 18, 2013 at 9:37AM   
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leslieburr57
I didn't see your feedback, so sorry about sounding so final. I LOVE to chat about my renovation. Contractor took out wall and added island. Mine is 60" x 48" and with quartz on top and custom cabinets may have cost 3-4k. There's a lot of ways you could bring the cost way down if you like the idea.

Do you like the looks of your kitchen? A few shots from all corners of your room will help me see it better. And there's lots of amateur designers here who love to give feedback. Talk soon.
January 18, 2013 at 9:45AM   
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leslieburr57
Last photos. They let you see the whole layout. Forgive the counters ... I just took them. And Pomeranian isn't stuffed, he just rules the house.
January 18, 2013 at 9:57AM   
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Dar Eckert
I agree with decoenthusiate the dining area will become very small & probably only large enough for a breakfast table. Maybe a banquette will work as it would be snugged up against the wall.
Wayland Renovation
Huntington Beach
January 18, 2013 at 10:10AM     
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leslieburr57
I love the Hunnington Beach idea. I thought about doing it here, as I have a small space too. But also wanted to use my (real) Arnie Jacobson chairs. May change my mind someday.

With pics from all sides it will be easier to see where an island can be placed, if at all.

Like your ideas.
January 18, 2013 at 10:30AM   
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Hi-Lite Manufacturing Co.
Hi Patrice!

The point of any floor plan is to consider the spacing and geometry of a place. Open or closed floor plans shouldn't be based on what people love, and what they're doing right now.

If there's something intrinsic to your personality, or a home in your past that you're trying to allude to by creating a definition between spaces, or something deep you aren't even conscious of -- I think those are grounds to explore and see if you want to run with it!

I Love the idea of French Doors!! I think you should definitely do some research on ways non-open spaces are successful and see if that fits the vision for your home. If after all you like the open spaces, you will be so much more comfortable in your decision.

And I'm excited to see you explore your intuition.
January 18, 2013 at 10:51AM   
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Patrice
Thanks for your ideas. Here's a pic of the kitchen. So let me know if adding the island would be a bad idea?
January 18, 2013 at 10:55AM   
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Patrice
The dining room and kitchen are soo close together., thinking to just make the dining room area a part of the kitchen?
January 18, 2013 at 10:58AM     
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Patrice
couple more angles..
January 18, 2013 at 11:00AM     
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Hi-Lite Manufacturing Co.
My biggest concern would be the spacing! But I could still see it working. With guests, family, and commotion, would that be enough room to accomplish your goals?

Also, people underestimate the value rules. Yes, if 10 people were in that space you'd be cramped, but if you made it clear "When someone is working the stove, NO ONE SETS FOOT IN THE KITCHEN," I'm sure people would think twice before breaking it.
January 18, 2013 at 11:14AM   
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Hi-Lite Manufacturing Co.
This cloud module made me think of your project. These aren't exactly walls, and when constructed they don't have to extend all the way like a true wall, but they serve as a visual separation, much like the way @Interiors International, Inc. said the bar would work!

Contemporary Spaces design by New York Media And Blogs John Hill
January 18, 2013 at 11:22AM   
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Hi-Lite Manufacturing Co.
I couldn't attach the photo. Here is the link! Other inspirational ideas.
January 18, 2013 at 11:24AM   
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leslieburr57
Patrice,

It looks like you may have room to to a diagonal island like I have. It keeps the room open, but also breaks up the space, and is very functional. Your kitchen layout is just like mine. Even your colors match, including flooring. The diagonal kept more room for my dining area, but I think you have enough picks of my room's different angles to see if you like or can do the same idea.
January 18, 2013 at 12:34PM     
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