Under normal circumstances, the living room is the cornerstone of any home, but oscillating between lockdowns for the past year has made it apparent now more than ever the significance of having a well-designed, beautiful and functional living space.
The heart and hearth of the home, the living area is an activated space in which all members of the family – or guests of the dinner party if that’s more your style – can come together. Open plan living allows the whole family to enjoy each other’s company by proximity whilst sharing communal spaces, whatever disparate activities they may be absorbed in.
Open plan living also allows us to make the most of our spaces, whatever size they may be. Even the narrowest of terraces can feel like expansive, light filled havens once partition walls are removed.
To touch on the implications of the pandemic once again – with the limitation on opportunities to immerse ourselves in nature within the confines of lockdown restrictions, having a living space which maintains a strong connection to an outdoor area has become increasingly important. At Roth Architecture, we try to anchor central living spaces around an outdoor area. This is often achieved by blurring the lines between outside and in, with large sliding doors which peel back to give way to a markedly greener extension of the living room.
Beyond having direct connection to nature, having a living area adjacent to/that spills out onto an outdoor space provides significant amenity in terms of light and ventilation – which, in the Australian climate, is incredibly important for the thermal comfort of our homes. If spending all of your time in your living spaces has you feeling the itch for a change, get in touch with us at Roth Architecture.