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You want to open up your space to enjoy an airy, friendly and functional area? See the advice of Steve Ross, designer and owner of the Avant-Garde Workshop, to maximize the interior space of your home without increasing its surface.
Thanks to Steve Ross of the Avant-Garde Workshop (aag.qc.ca) for his invaluable collaboration.
How to convert a partitioned house into an open area?
The configuration of single-family homes from the 60s to 80s, modeled on the American model, offers few open areas and storage. Do not hesitate to open the common rooms, to reduce the thicknesses of partitions and to review the location of the wardrobes in order to recover space. You will also have the advantage of playing on the circulation areas: between the kitchen, the living room and the dining room, avoid as much as possible the corridors since they partition the rooms and prevent maximizing the space of the living areas. You can also take up space in a related room to increase the number of square feet. These internal transformations, although they do not increase the total habitable surface,
Under what circumstances is it worth changing the division of rooms when space is lacking?
When it is desired to increase the functionality of the residence and maximize lost or unused space, it is advantageous to change the division of rooms to recover less accessible spaces. Moving the stairs is an option to change the layout of the residence and save space. However, it is more costly and depends on several factors. For example, if the staircase gives access to the basement, it may be necessary to reconsider the configuration of the basement, which may lead to additional costs. The heating and ventilation systems are other examples of a ”
Who should we do with? To make great architectural changes inside the house?
With interior designers or architects who will be able to determine architectural constraints (eg interior fittings and in fl uence on the exterior), structural (presence of load-bearing walls, beams, columns, Etc.) and mechanical (electricity, plumbing and ventilation). People sometimes hesitate to consult with these professionals, but with their expertise, they provide a more complete and comprehensive view of the project, and know how to guide them in making good choices about functionality, ergonomics, budget and Short-, medium- and long-term needs.
Is it necessary to obtain a permit from our municipality for work that affects the interior of the house?
It is important to always check the regulations of your municipality in order to comply with the standards, regardless of the project. As a general rule, it is not necessary to obtain permits for work that does not affect the exterior of the home. However, the addition of doors, windows or a room is likely to require one.
How much does it cost to open a standard ground floor (kitchen, living room and dining room)?
This depends on the ground floor surface area, but on average it can be calculated from $ 40 to $ 60 per square foot for a project that excludes the kitchen and $ 90 to $ 125 per square foot for work this piece. Note that prices may increase depending on various factors (structure to be redone, choice of high-end kitchen, staircase to move, etc.).
If it is impossible to cut down walls to open up space, how can we maximize it?
Everything is a matter of proportions! It is necessary to choose furniture adapted to the dimensions of the space that integrates without creating a mass effect. Sobriety is also a must: focus on light colors and avoid high contrast between the flooring and the walls. Thus, one gives the impression of pushing back the walls. Finally, a generous fenestration and skilfully enhanced opens the space on the outside and gives the illusion of a larger area.
How do you know if a wall is a carrier?
The ideal to check the presence of load-bearing walls is to have the original plans of the residence. If you do not have them, you can contact your municipality, which usually has a copy (especially for homes built in the 1960s). This document makes it possible to verify where the columns and load-bearing walls are installed, and thus, to better understand the structure of the house. If the plans are not available, the specialists in charge of the work can see the structures of the house at the time of the visit (example: ceiling joists). Sometimes it is necessary to make a few openings to verify the structure, but in about 80% of cases, The experts are able to determine where the load-bearing walls are located without resorting to this option. If a load-bearing wall is to be felled, beams and columns must be added to compensate.
What are the best decorative allies to make a room look bigger?
The games of mirrors give the illusion of increasing the space in addition to capturing the light. The combination of good sources of lighting (recessed, auxiliary lamps, floor lighting, etc.) allows to highlight the least inches of the room and play on the perspective. Finally, bet on low-profile furniture as well as on doors with glass inserts that allow light to pass.