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Renovation Pro Tip #6: Open Concept

OPEN CONCEPT

Open concept is a popular style of home design, but is it right for every home? Here are a few things that we consider when evaluating whether to make a home more open:

Lighting · Often opening up a floor plan can increase natural light making the home seem bright and airy. This can help with resale value in the future!

Views · In properties like 6266 McGirr Rd, taking out a wall, or in this case, a fireplace can maximize a beautiful view! If a wall is blocking the views from your home, then it might be worth the investment to make the space more open. Maximizing a nice view could add value to your home when you’re ready to sell.

Expenses · If you're hoping to remove a load-bearing wall to create an open-concept home, then be prepared for increased costs. This requires bringing in professionals to assess the situation and potentially add beams to redistribute the weight that the wall was holding.

Noise levels · Sound travels further without walls between rooms. If the dishwasher is running during a Netflix marathon, this might be more of a nuisance in an open-concept home.

Energy-efficiency · Heating and cooling costs can greatly increase in open-concept homes. It takes far more energy to control the temperature in a large space than it does in a few small spaces.




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