A living room remodel is a chance to make your living room more livable. If your needs have changed or you would like a chance to customize your living room from what the original designers came up with, we have a great checklist to go through when planning your living room remodel.
What is your living room mostly used for? Do you love to host big parties? Did you recently become an empty nester and want a more adult space? Do you want your living room to be more conversational? Or does your living room serve as a multi-media room where you can sit and read a book or watch T.V.? First and foremost you need to decide how you would like your living room to function.
Now that you know the function of your living room you can design the layout of the room. Ideally the room will be designed with the furniture in mind since the furniture will largely dictate how the room is used. If you love to host large parties, then you want to design your living room with open space in the middle and plenty of seating around the parameter of the room. If you want your living space to be more conversation friendly, then redesign your living room to accommodate multiple groups of conversation areas with chairs and couches. Ideally in this situation you want the furniture to be angled to face each other and place 5-7 feet apart for the most comfortable conversation distance.
The most common focal point for living rooms is a fireplace, however there are several alternatives if your home doesn’t have a fireplace like artwork, windows, or even an entertainment center. The focal point will anchor the room and draw the eye into the room so be sure to consider carefully what you want the main focus of the room to be before selecting an area to highlight.
Walls and Ceilings
Walls and wall openings are critical to the feel and function of a living room. The size and placement of walls often dictate where the furniture goes, while wall openings establish the traffic patterns into and around the space. Adding walls increases the sense of enclosure inside the living room, making it more private, while removing walls opens up the space to adjacent rooms and traffic areas.
Ceilings are largely a matter of personal preference. Some people like the soaring, 16-foot-high ceilings of the modern great room, while others like the proportions and sheltered feeling of standard, 8- or 9-foot ceilings. One way to bring down a high ceiling is to frame in a lower ceiling along the room’s perimeter or just over an alcove or an intimate seating area. Raising a low ceiling isn’t always an option, but it can often be done in single-story homes with conventional rafter roof framing.
The living room is one of the best places to add or enlarge windows, and there’s no better time to do it than during a room remodel. As with the other major elements, plan windows to complement – not compete with – furniture and the primary activity areas.
If redesigning and remodeling your living room has been on your to-do list for a while, then consider our checklist and start making improvements today! Chances are, a remodel will make you fall in love with your home all over again.
Here at Remodel West (RW Custom) we are experts in remodels and additions… If you can envision it for your house, we can make it happen – and even better than you imagined. We at Remodel West are excited to be you northern Utah custom homebuilder. We look forward to helping you and any of your friends and loved ones with their building projects. Please contact us anytime at 801-394-1332 or email us at Info@RemodelWest.net