Open concept: the key to a large, integrated home

Open concept: the key to a large, integrated home

Chances are, you’ve heard about open concept on television programs. In recent times, the quality of this type of project has been growing and gaining strength.

The open concept house standard is increasingly present in new residential developments or in older ones through renovations to expand the spaces.

What is the open concept?

Open concept is when the spaces of the house are integrated, usually, they are the kitchen, the dining room and the living room. But there are exceptions because when we talk about a loft, the bedroom is also integrated.

Open concept with partition from the furniture.

Open concept with partition from the furniture.

In the open concept, the division of the rooms takes place according to the arrangement of the furniture, so the spaces will be separated, but even so, they allow a view of the environment as a whole.

How did the open concept in decoration come about?

It’s not clear how this concept came about, but most people believe it was an evolution of so-called American cuisine.

With a masonry counter and a stone top, the kitchen was separated from the pantry or from other rooms in the house. And, from that, the evolution to the open concept took place and this division, which was not specified before, was named the island, which brings together the kitchen and the dining room in the same space.

Open concept kitchen using the island.

Open concept kitchen using the island.

Therefore, the first environment to have an open concept was the kitchen and dining room and, therefore, it is also the most common space to have an open concept.

But this concept does not stop there, as it can appear in many other forms, offering a sense of freedom and lightness to your home.

Open Concept Features

The strongest feature is the absence of walls. This concept is focused on the aesthetic and functional part, which is very advantageous, especially in small houses.

Another feature is the use of drywall walls for the partitions, so they replace wood or masonry, which is a cheaper and more practical solution.

Advantages of open concept homes

Expansion of spaces

House sizes are getting smaller, especially in urban centers, and this concept can be very beneficial.

When the walls are removed, the space is enlarged, making the place bigger, lighter and airier.


For those who like to receive visitors at home, the open concept is perfect, as it allows people in the kitchen to interact with those in the kitchen.

It also helps to unite the family, especially for people with young children, so that you can prepare your meals and continue to see your children.

The connection between indoor and outdoor spaces

If your home has an outdoor area, you can take advantage of this concept to connect it with the interior of your home, providing the environment with a more harmonious and pleasant space.

Form of integration of the external area with the internal area.

Form of integration of the external area with the internal area.

This integration will bring you more natural light and ventilation, in addition to providing a beautiful view of your garden.

Use of natural light

A place without internal walls allows natural light to spread throughout the room; this happens mainly when the place has large windows.

Natural lighting is beneficial to our health because, in addition to improving our visual comfort, it increases our production of vitamin D, improving our performance.

Better natural ventilation

As well as lighting, natural ventilation spreads more easily in houses that have an open concept, especially when there is a connection between the interior and the exterior.

Natural ventilation inlet.

Natural ventilation inlet.

It is also beneficial to health, as it is ventilation that does not change the humidity of the air, people tend to have fewer headaches and irritated eyes.

How to renovate a house with an open concept?

If you already have a traditional house but want to transform its concept to an open concept, we have set aside some tips especially for you to make this change.

But it is important to remember that you will need the help of a professional in the field of architecture to ensure better quality and safety in the project.

Integrate living room, pantry and kitchen

As we have seen before, the main point is the integration of environments. So you can start by integrating the living room, pantry and kitchen so that your home decor will already transform.

Integration of living room, pantry and kitchen.

Integration of living room, pantry and kitchen.

This will favor circulation, but be careful with the dimensions of each environment. The renovation of these spaces must be done thinking that the integrated areas have to be proportional.

Eliminate the center walls

If you’re still afraid to embrace this concept, start small. You can start by removing the wall that divides your dining room and the kitchen or the TV room with the living room, so you will already feel the difference.

But it is very important to have the house plan in hand so you don’t have the problem of breaking a structural wall that has wiring or some plumbing.

Determine private areas

Even though open-concept houses don’t have as many doors and walls, we can’t compromise on privacy, so it’s very important to keep the private areas delimited.

We must pay close attention to the corridor for access to intimate areas, as it divides them from the social area.

Open concept with divisions

Do you want your home to be open concept, but want some kind of room other than the walls? There are several options, hollow elements such as cobogós, glass doors and panels are great options, so you guarantee the open concept with more privacy.

Open concept houses are already a trend in the United States and are now arriving in our country with full force. Now that you have a lot of information about this concept, how about adhering it to your lifestyle?