Open Plan Interior
An open plan design allows for free flow of family members, reduces traffic pinch points and easily accommodates family members and guests who may use a walker, stroller or wheelchair. Open plans also allow more flexible arrangements of furniture and can be altered over time as well. When discussing this option with clients, strong graphics that illustrate different future configurations can help communicate the value and benefits over time. Certain programmatic elements are much more fixed in due to structural constraints (such as kitchens and bathrooms), so try using those as anchors in the layout and let the other living spaces fill in around them. Be sure to provide consistent paths of travel through the open spaces, aiming for a minimum width of 36 inches.
This will generally require major renovation to any affected rooms, so be prepared to patch or replace any adjacent materials.
A renovation may require the removal of structural walls and the installation of load-carrying beams. New flooring may also be needed, as well as patching any affected walls or ceilings. To include future flexibility, consider using a modular material such as carpet tiles or acoustic ceiling tiles, which are much easier to modify and reduce construction waste.