Living with an open floor plan has its benefits and its challenges. Idea House architect Ken Pursley tells you how to make it work.
[music] A few thoughts on how to live with an open floor plan. One would be to really think through what you want to be the front stage and what you want to be the back stage because when you have an open plan, the upside is the connectedness. The downside is where do you put all the stuff. In the clutter. And so generally when we do an open plan there is always going to be a back stage. In an ideal situation there is always a room that you walk into there is a room that handles all of that clutter. And a lot of times when you have an open space, I do like to lower raised ceiling heights in some way. So if you can do a space off of a space. There's ways to still feel connected but not feel like everybody's on top of each other. Using lighting, the chandeliers is a great way that you've got a tall lofty space. Using a chandelier and hanging it lower and can really bring the scale of the space down. And if you have a low space. I mean, sometimes I actually like to use beams or architectural elements to actually make the space feel lower. So, instead of trying to make a low space feel tall, make, go and make the low space cozy. Make it a little bit more introspective. And, just let it be what it naturally is.