Knock it Down: Open Floor Plan 101

4. Create a Spatial Plan

Opening up a floor plan doesn’t just mean creating a bigger space. Whether you are making a small change or a large change to the structure, it will change the way you live in the space in many ways, and it’s important that you take into consideration everything that will be going into the space when coming up with your design. This means that your existing furniture may no longer be the right scale or it may not work with the furnishings in the room that you are connecting. The traffic pattern of the space will completely change, which may require rearranging of furniture or additional seating and tables. You’ll also need to consider how you are going to define different parts of the space for activities such as eating, doing homework, and watching television. If these things aren’t well-planned in advance, you may find yourself with an entirely new set of spatial problems.

More Great Links


  • “Good Spaces: Mastering the Art of the Open Floor Plan.” Houzz.
  • “Ins and Outs of Load Bearing Walls.” Red Beacon.
  • “Open Floor Plans: Is this the Right Design for You?” Bob Vila.