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Open plan living – will it stand the test of time?

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Last Updated: 18/01/2016  
Tags: Open Plan Living Will It Stand The Test Of Time

It’s been several years now since we started smashing down walls in poky Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian homes to make larger and brighter open spaces, I must admit that I was one of the skeptics who thought it would be a ten year fad, but this type of open plan living has been really popular in the UK for around 15 years now.

According to The Telegraph, the number of kitchen-diners has risen by over 50% in the last decade – stating that one in five homes in the UK has had one or more of its downstairs walls demolished.

Generally when we talk about this type of open plan living it usually concerns knocking the downstairs walls down, typically making an unused dining room into part of the kitchen.

Open plan living works really well if you have younger children, it’s a way of all being together in the same space, making for a sociable area to catch up on days activities or just making sure that your children aren’t up to any mischief.

Open plan spaces often seem to be lighter, as by making two rooms into one you normally end up with windows at either end of a space, which in turn makes a home feel larger too.

Simon Hamilton, International Director at the British Institute of Interior Design, told The Telegraph: "The inside of homes are starting to look very different. Houses, especially older ones, were designed with set rooms for set activities.

"With our increasingly hectic lifestyles, convenience and sociability have become key. That is why kitchen-diners and games rooms have grown in popularity. In the next ten years, the majority of houses will be designed in this style." 

Sources: Houzz and The Telegraph
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