The Top Renovation Trends for 2021: Revisiting Open Concept

May 25, 2021 10:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

After 2020, a lot of American households are revisiting their open concept floor plans in Syracuse, IN. Open concept also means less privacy, more noise and more distractions. With so many people working and schooling from home now—maybe even permanently—the open concept design no longer makes much sense to many families.

If you already have an open concept home, there’s no need for you to move out. A few simple renovations can give you a lot more privacy (and silence). Here are some suggestions to make your home work with your lifestyle.

Add walls

It might be obvious, but the best way to give yourself some privacy is to add walls. You don’t have to completely enclose your kitchen, dining room or living room if you don’t want to. Even “wing walls”—walls that jut out from existing walls to create a more enclosed space—can create privacy.

Another solution: “walls” of floor-to-ceiling shelving. This is more a privacy feature than something that will cut out noise, but it’s a smart and functional way to delineate your space.

Of course, if you need more quiet (especially if you have children doing schoolwork while you’re trying to conduct Zoom meetings), you probably will need to add full walls and doors.

Glass panels

One of the nicest parts about open concept homes is how much natural light the large rooms receive. If you add more walls, that natural light might be diminished, or eliminated entirely in some rooms. A smart way to get around this is by adding walls made of glass panels. They could be entirely glass from floor to ceiling, or half wall, half glass. This gives you the opportunity to use curtains to “close it off” when you need privacy, but cut down on noise and keep an eye on the kids and pets the rest of the time.

Sliding doors

If you don’t want to commit to a full wall, sliding doors can add privacy and cut down on noise whenever necessary. Try large barnyard doors, or doors that slide into existing walls. This will allow you to enjoy the open concept when you want to, but get some peace and quiet when you need it.

Drapery and room dividers

Finally, for temporary renovations, consider using strategic drapery or room dividers. This is great for when two or more people are working from home at the same time—you might not want to have your spouse making dinner in the background during your important meeting. If noise isn’t much of a concern, this can be a great stopgap solution.

However you choose to renovate your open concept home, Buhrt Builders Inc. is here to help. We specialize in residential remodeling, including revisiting open concept plans in Syracuse, IN. Whether you want to add walls, doors or other privacy solutions, we can help design the perfect space for your family. Get in touch with us today to get started with a consultation—we look forward to working with you!

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