Open Concept Living Spaces


The trend towards open concept living spaces continues.

Removing the walls of the kitchen, and creating a combined living, dining, and kitchen space continues to be the number one requested renovation upgrade when renovating a kitchen.

Open concept living spaces are great for entertaining and allow more interaction between family members. Open concept spaces also transform living areas and allow more natural light to flow through the home.   Open concept spaces also allow for the kitchen island, which is usually difficult to achieve in a typical home with individual rooms.

Open concept goes beyond just kitchen and living room.  It can be applied to stairways and hallways.  Or a living space and an outdoor deck or patio.  And for the truly brave, the master ensuite bathroom.

Creating an open concept space takes thought and planning.  Design can be more difficult, since there are fewer walls in the kitchen to accommodate cabinets and appliances.  In living rooms, open concept areas make placement of bookcases and TVs more difficult.  And since the kitchen is visible from the living area, design is important – both for function and beauty.

Construction can be complex.  The weight of floors and roof above is significant, and must be properly supported.  Our designer works closely with our structural engineer to identify how the house is built, and how load bearing walls can properly be removed.  Additionally, there is the complexity of relocating mechanical – heating, plumbing, electrical – in the walls that are being removed.  Building permits for this type of work are required.

A well designed open concept living space involves both and interior designer and an engineer to maximize function, aesthetics, and safety.

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Inspire Homes is a design + build renovation contractor serving the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), including Toronto, North York, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Caledon, Richmond Hill, and the regions surrounding Toronto.



Inspire Homes is an award winning design + build company serving the Greater Toronto Area.

Our Toronto house addition project, which featured an open concept main floor, was the winner of the 2012 BILD Best Renovation Award.

Inspire Homes is fully insured with $2 million liability insurance, WSIB insurance, and we have a comprehensive two year warranty on all our work.