For 20 years the open concept floor plan reigned in home design. No wonder, considering it makes the most of your square footage and allows for lots of light and a straight sightline to family and friends in other spaces. Everyone could be in the kitchen and living and dining rooms at once.
But then the pandemic hit and parents and children were forced into sharing all that open space for work, school and play. For privacy and a quiet place to think, they had to head into their bedrooms or at least separate floors. Who wants to work and study in the same room in which they sleep? Not many, if anyone, despite watching home designers tear down walls to “open up space” on television shows.
The pandemic and a yearning for a little privacy and space has a lot of homeowners wishing for walls like the ones we had before the open floor concept kicked traditional floor plans to the curb. The housing marketing is soaring with buyers seeking homes that better meet their needs. If you’re unwilling or unable to move, you still have options to transform your open concept floor plan into one that works for you and your family now and in the future. This is important since many predictions indicate we’re nowhere near going back to working strictly at the office, but rather all remote or a hybrid of in-office and home schedules.
A Little Privacy and Personal Space, Please
How we use and what we expect from our home’s spaces have changed forever. We’ve learned we need a little privacy and personal space, whether it’s for us personally, professionally or academically.
Creating that privacy and space doesn’t have to mean buying screens, building walls or being a bedroom recluse. Homeowners with open concept floor plans are getting creative with ideas for carving out privacy and personal space—real estate agents and designers call it “flex space”—using custom cut glass and stone veneer.
Creating a Space with Glass
Custom cut glass is chic and modern. It can be used to create pocket doors or glass windowpane doors to close off a room that you’ve decided to repurpose, like a dining room. If you don’t have a room to dedicate to a home office or study space, glass can be custom cut to size to form a panel to create the illusion of a separate area. If privacy is a must, choose a finish, such as frosted or etched, to block the view, but still allow light to enter. Those who’ve been in the middle of a Zoom meeting and mortified when your toilet flushes, coffee ground or garbage disposal run will love the fact that glass muffles noises.
Complete Home Concepts is one of the KC Metro’s largest fabricators, and our custom glass cutting is performed in-house to assure a quality product and final result. We never sub-contract the installation phase because custom cut glass must be installed with knowledge and precision.
Creating a Space with Stone Veneer
Natural or manufactured stone veneer is a gorgeous covering when you choose to carve out a space by building a wall or half wall. Think of these types of walls as the dividers or partitions you’d find in a traditional office. With so many shapes and colors available, it is easy to match a stone veneer to your current style and aesthetic. Designers use stone veneer to create a visual focal point in a room, for example on a fireplace mantel, and there’s no reason the same can’t be done in this case.
Each stone veneer’s profile has a unique blend of textures and colors that mimic the distinct characteristics of the native stones they are manufactured to replicate. Made from the highest quality stone products, designed for both interior and exterior applications, our stone veneer selection is second to none in the Kansas City area. Installation performed by a master stonemason only seals the deal. Pick a style and color from the Model Stone, Semco or Coronado collections.
Do you dream of updating your open floor plan to better fit your lifestyle and work today? Contact us or visit our showroom today.