Broken-living isn’t about segregating different areas of the house from one another, but about designating and defining areas in a spacious manner. It includes using contrasting
floorings, clever lighting and even partial walls or split levels to clearly distinguish an area of the home without erecting a 6ft wall and closing it off from the rest of the house.
Grade II listed Renovation
Last year, I was commissioned to re-design the lower ground floor of a Grade II listed property for a family of five. The client wanted an open plan layout with ‘interconnected space’. This involved creating clearly defined cooking, eating and living areas which could accommodate the whole family – whilst allowing them to be apart. When designing your own broken-plan, the most essential point to remember is that each activity in a house/flat requires its own definition which relates to the architecture. Successful broken-plan spaces are when different areas of activity are clearly designated and have their own space to function. There are many clever ways to create room definition without losing the transparency and openness of the layout. One way I did this in the Grade II listed project was by defining different areas using rugs, contrasting flooring and clever lighting.
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