Creating Functional Living Spaces

Remodeling projects can be a great way to enhance your living space. Sure, these projects can spruce everything up, give your rooms an updated look and increase aesthetic appeal, but they can do so much more than that. Making your space functional rather than just pleasing to the eye can make all the difference in your daily life. When considering a remodel, don’t forget to factor in the usability of your space and how you will actually LIVE in it. Let’s check out some tips on how to create functional living spaces.

The Kitchen


You could have the fanciest appliances and coolest granite countertops in the neighborhood but if the layout isn’t meeting your unique needs, you’re missing the point. Your kitchen doesn’t necessarily have to be huge; it just has to flow right. If you love to entertain, love to cook, or have a big family, planning your kitchen will take into account how you will use the space. What is your cooking style? What appliances are important to have? Do people tend to gather in your kitchen while you cook and serve? Do you want to be able to see other rooms of the house to keep an eye on pets and kids while you cook?

Traditionally, a triangle approach has been used when designing kitchens, where the stove, sink and fridge are located at the points of a triangle for most efficiency, according to HGTV. However, this works best for smaller kitchens. With today’s prevalence of more cooking, more chefs with their hands in the pot, and more entertaining within this space, the idea of the work station is taking hold. This approach provides task stations for each step of the cooking process: prep, cooking, storage, cleanup, eating, baking, etc. that make the space much more functional.

The Living Room


Put your walls to work for you when considering a remodel of your living room space, placing shelves on one wall flanked by open cubbies on another, suggests Better Homes and Gardens. You may have purchased beautiful, expensive furniture and have plenty of sitting space, but overdoing it will make the room feel cluttered and hard to navigate. But there are ways to arrange the space to make it more functional.

Entertain a lot? Place sofas and arm chairs facing each other over a coffee table, for instance, to encourage easier conversation. While you may love your new open concept kitchen/dining/living room, it becomes necessary to define each space in some way to make them distinct and distinctly functional. To separate a dining room or kitchen area from the living room, use a sofa to mark the line between eating and relaxing.

The Dining Room


Many people don’t even have formal dining rooms anymore. Instead, homeowners are opting for functional, multi-use space for eating and entertaining in one. The key to versatile planning lies in effective furniture placement. For instance, do away with the fancy chandelier over the table. This way, the table is not fixed to one spot forever. You can move it according to your entertainment and design needs. Instead of a traditional dining table, incorporate a high table with matching high chairs for a less formal bistro effect. Instead of carpeting marking the boundaries of your dining room from the rest of the house, use long hard wood planking to abolish this boundary and make the whole area uniform, blending into one another to encourage the look of more space.

Completing a successful remodel should have two goals: modernize your home and make it functional. Creating a functional space can be as simple as grouping furniture, and it can have a huge impact on the space.

If you would like to talk about ideas for remodeling or renovating your home in Fairfax, Mclean, Springfield, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church VA, reach out to us at Foster Remodeling. Call now for a free consultation!