“What we like about having the guest bedroom down here is that if there is someone in your family or a visitor who has a situation where they need the bathroom and cannot use stairs you have an area where they can sleep and have access to a bathroom. I think that’s really important and I think many people are looking at that now because it seems like we all know somebody who has a situation where stairs are really difficult,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum.
As seen on HGTV's hit show Buying and Selling, Drew and Jonathan opened up the Horsmans' closed in kitchen by removing the wall that separated the kitchen from the rest of the house. By doing this, the Horsmans now have a clear view through the rest of the first floor. They then added new appliances and countertops to brighten the space even more.
This open concept design allows the homeowners and their guests to be able to enjoy each other's company, no matter which "room" they are in. The design allows conversation to flow freely between the spaces without being hindered by walls, but still maintaining an organized feel.
Hosts of Buying and Selling, Jonathan and Drew Scott, have removed the walls that closed off the Horsman house and have made the space open and inviting. Now, there is a clear sightline from the kitchen through the living room, allowing the Horsmans to keep an eye on their kids from anywhere on the first floor.
The first floor called for a modern, open concept design with a clear line of sight from one space into the others. Even though all the spaces would be connected, designers wanted to make sure a clear delineation existed between rooms, so they used the few walls that exist in the space to create that visual separation. The kitchen is nestled in the opening of two walls, and while it can be seen from the dining and living areas, is clearly separate from them. The dining area is just in front of the kitchen, and the living room is off to the side of those spaces, physically connected, but visually separate.
As seen on Love It or List It Too, designer Jillian Harris used an eclectic mix of materials for Emily and Gary's dining room. A sturdy wood table anchors the space while copper pendant lights offer elegance.
By including a sleeper sofa in the HGTV Smart Home 2015 living room, it can also double as the guest quarters. For this reason, a full bathroom is just steps away. “If you’re going to make a sleeper sofa part of the floor plan, you have to have a full bath on the same floor, or else you’re inconveniencing your guests,” explains HGTV Smart Home 2015 designer Linda Woodrum.
Entertainment is very important to these homeowners, so designers created the home's public spaces to be connected and functional for the family and their guests. The kitchen, which is on the other side of the built in bar, is physically connected to the living room by the bar's pass through, as well as the eat in area, which has direct access to both the kitchen and living room. In the living room, designers brought in a sectional and complementary chairs to give the homeowners additional seating in their space.
As seen on Love It Or List It, Too the room was previously open on the garden facing wall, but had a shoebox for a kitchen and an underused bathroom. Jillian's solution was to blow out the bathroom entirely and insert a 30ft steel beam to support the already vaulted ceiling. With an extra 10 inches of space found in the renovation Jillian's team added a coffered ceiling to delineate the space adding intimacy and definition. The grid prints are of traditional Italian hunting scenes often found in family homes of Italian expats and are a nod to the grid design of the ceiling. A custom sectional was designed so that the homeowners could entertain many guests and take in a football game or two. The wrought iron wall hanging is actually from Egypt, but Jillian felt it gave a country feeling to the home. The components console is custom made. New french doors have been added to the patin entrance and a new gas insert sits on the far wall made of Venetian plaster and box posts, designed to draw the eye upwards into the grand vaulted space.
As seen on Love It or List It, Too. homeowners Neena and Jag entertain up to 30 guests at a time so they needed an open space that could accomadate large groups. Designer Jillian Harris created an open concept floor plan by rearranging the kitchen and dining rooms. A large driftwood table in the dining room offers ample seating.
To create an open plan first floor, Karen and Mina, hosts of HGTV's show, Good Bones, removed the walls separating the rooms of the first floor. This allows for design continuity, as well as allowing homeowners to maximize their entertaining space.
As seen on Good Bones, this home had no powder room on the first floor, so Mina and Karen added one. The vanity and mirror tie together to create that elegant, industrial style to match the rest of the home.
On open concept first floor increases the flow and function of this modern space. By allowing the natural light from all sides to flow between the spaces unrestrained, the design gets a sense of togetherness, even though each space has it's own definite boundaries. This makes for an elegant entertaining space as well as a practical space for everyday living.