Published at Monday, April 16th 2018, 04:40:37 AM by edgarquintero. design. Without a bunch of interior walls blocking the natural light from the windows, the natural light in an open floor plan’s great room far exceeds that of a closed floor plan. Not only the light, but the views through the windows themselves are increased and enhanced. This permeation of light plays an important role in maintaining a spacious, airy feel, regardless of the actual size of the open floor layout.
Published at Monday, April 16th 2018, 05:37:26 AM by edgarquintero. design. Did you know that, although it sounds terribly modern and technical, underfloor heating actually dates back hundreds, by some counts thousands, of years? The Romans, for example, warmed rooms in their homes by running the flues for their “basement” fires, tended religiously by slaves, under elevated floors of marble.
Published at Monday, April 16th 2018, 04:45:39 AM by edgarquintero. design. Imagine waking up, climbing out of bed, and stepping not onto ice blocks that are your morning floorboards but instead onto a comfortably warm floor. Sounds nice, doesn’t it, especially at the approach of cooler fall, and then downright icy winter, weather. The way to achieve this toasty method of home heating is through underfloor heating. If it sounds complicated and intimidating, read on – you might be surprised to learn that it’s not that far out of reach for even the most traditional minds.
design. Published at Tuesday, August 07th 2018, 05:19:01 AM by edgarquintero. Due to their, well, openness, open spaces thrive with the potential for horizontal surfaces. Work these horizontal planes (e.g., shelves) in wherever it makes sense and is useful. For example, the large “shelf” near the floor under this kitchen island work station is floating, which maintains an open feeling, but it also provides storage and decorative function within the space.
design. Published at Tuesday, August 07th 2018, 02:51:38 AM by edgarquintero. You can also highlight the beauty of your marble bathroom floor by opting for furniture in a contrasting color and material such as this rich wood tone used here. It can be complemented by a marble counter that matches the floor for cohesion.
design. Published at Monday, August 06th 2018, 11:47:27 AM by edgarquintero. The system must be well designed from the get-go, because it is neither practical nor inexpensive to go in and change an underfloor heating system once it’s in place.
design. Published at Sunday, August 05th 2018, 10:46:34 AM by edgarquintero. Within the family-centered household, a variety of ages and subsequent activities, interests, and schedules will arise. The open floor plan tends to put everyone into the same mixing pot, as it were, and leaves them to fend for their private arrangements in a more public setting. “Enclosed spaces may work better in a house where everyone needs their space”.
design. Published at Sunday, August 05th 2018, 08:18:40 AM by edgarquintero. Underfloor heating (and cooling, although this article focuses on the heating aspects solely) is, in a nutshell, a form of central heating that achieves indoor climate (temperature) control using conduction, radiation, and convection. Underfloor heating is also commonly known as radiant heating, simply because radiation is responsible for much of the heat felt. (Although this is technically not always the case.)
design. Published at Sunday, August 05th 2018, 05:35:22 AM by edgarquintero. Before we jump in to talking about the pros and cons of open floor plans, it might be a good idea to talk about what this means, or in other words to define open. Open, in this instance, describes the layout of a larger space that functions as multiple rooms or functionalities within that single (larger) living space. The most common form of open floor plan in today’s homes includes a combination of kitchen, dining room, and living room all open to each other within a single “great room”.
design. Published at Saturday, August 04th 2018, 07:56:55 AM by edgarquintero. Without a bunch of interior walls blocking the natural light from the windows, the natural light in an open floor plan’s great room far exceeds that of a closed floor plan. Not only the light, but the views through the windows themselves are increased and enhanced. This permeation of light plays an important role in maintaining a spacious, airy feel, regardless of the actual size of the open floor layout.
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