Homes that were built around 50 or more years ago don’t know the meaning of open plan. In fact even homes that are 30 years old don’t have much in the way of open spacious rooms that combine two or more. However homes that are designed in the modern era have taken into account the three most popular styles of homes. Now people want more space than even so the minimalist decor approach has been adopted. This makes even a small room feel more airy. The second is contemporary furniture and fittings approach that makes use of maximum space while also not taking up too much space. Think of the corner sofa and the fitted oven. The last is the open plan whereby two room are connected together, creating more of a luxury home feeling. One of the more popular things to do if you do own a slightly older home is to join the kitchen and dining area with the living room. You can have people watching television or chatting on the sofa while other can cook and eat without having to be in separate rooms.
Is it worth it?
You have to discuss with your family whether or not they actually want this. Doors are not impeding to one’s lifestyle although the modern style does believe this. Doors make rooms, and rooms that have walls and doors offer privacy to whoever is inside. If your family is made up of individuals that need their space and like to be by themselves sometimes to have some alone time, then an open plan might not be what you want. However if you don’t mind it or if you’re intent on selling your home, then an open plan is definitely something that will be worth it.
Check the legalities
Is your home detached? If not then you will have to go through a party wall agreement with your neighbor. Living in a joined or semi-detached home, means you have neighbors that share a wall with you. This wall runs down the middle of both properties therefore if knocking down a wall inside your home that is connected to the party wall, you need to consult them. Legally you’ll need to appoint a referee such as Hamilton Darcey Surveyors that will take into account both parties’ viewpoints and assess what is legally within your right. If you’re planning on building a basement and need to dig through the foundations and your homes are within 3 meters distance, again a surveyor for the party wall is needed. The same goes for a loft extension. For an open plan wall demolition you also need to assess the structural strength risks.
Supporting the ceiling
Since you’re going to be knocking down a wall, the ceiling or rather then first floor needs to be reinforced. This may require extra beams to be put in, which means ripping the first floor open first. This could be a lengthy and costly thing to do so consider all your options regarding this first.
Building an open plan could attract a young and affluent family that wants to live in this modern style when it comes to selling your home. Go through the proper legal routes to avoid your neighbor putting a spanner in the process halfway through construction.