Published at Sunday, April 22nd 2018, 08:34:05 AM by edgarquintero. design. An alternative to trying to omit substantial visual barriers is to turn this around and use those barriers to your advantage. For the bed that happens to be part of the open floor plan, for example, a raised headboard provides an immediate sense of privacy…even if that privacy isn’t exactly reality.
Published at Sunday, April 22nd 2018, 08:48:56 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.
Published at Sunday, April 22nd 2018, 08:21:15 AM by edgarquintero. design. Who doesn’t like to reduce energy costs while still enjoying the benefits of, well, energy use? Underfloor heating does just that. Because it’s not trying (and failing) to heat the entire airspace of a room like a conventional heating system, cycling through a hot-air/no-air/hot-air cycle to maintain a tiny temperature range, underfloor heating is a much more efficient way to heat the house…and a great way to decrease energy bills.
design. Published at Tuesday, August 07th 2018, 05:19:01 AM by edgarquintero. An enclosed kitchen is easier to keep clean than an open floor plan kitchen, for example, because items are contained within the physical limitations of the space. Or, at the very least, the closed kitchen can be exited with a door shut behind, limiting the mess’ effect on the rest of the household and space, particularly the main, high-traffic rooms.
design. Published at Tuesday, August 07th 2018, 02:51:38 AM by edgarquintero. Pianos, for example, may be affected by continuous warmth from an underfloor heating system, so it is recommended that they are placed on insulation. This could be a stylistic deterrent for some people.
design. Published at Monday, August 06th 2018, 11:47:27 AM by edgarquintero. Open floor plans generally work best in “homes with less square footage – sometimes out of necessity – while larger homes have more leeway to work with when integrating great rooms into a floor plan”. Spacious homes that have fewer walls are the layout du jour; let’s consider their benefits.
design. Published at Sunday, August 05th 2018, 10:46:34 AM by edgarquintero. When guests are at your home, it’s much more pleasant to be with them and be involved in the conversation than it is to be shut away in a tiny steamy kitchen by yourself. The open floor plan excels in providing prime entertaining capacity – you can accomplish everything you need to, with regard to the food and preparations and serving, while still being part of the group (which may or may not be lounging on the nearby sofa while you slave away).
design. Published at Sunday, August 05th 2018, 08:18:40 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, 05:35:22 AM by edgarquintero. Open space, to feel like truly open space, needs to have plenty of “white space” and free-flowing airspace. One way to achieve an opened up look in any room in the house (even the kitchen!) is to make larger pieces of furniture or even the architecture itself incorporate legginess. This allows our eyes to travel above, around, and under even the largest of elements, thus maximizing the sense of openness.
design. Published at Saturday, August 04th 2018, 07:56:55 AM by edgarquintero. While you immediately feel the hot air blowing from a conventional forced-air heating system, an underfloor heating system takes a bit longer to warm up. (Once running, of course, the underfloor heat is more consistent and effective.)
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