June 19, 2014
When existing homes contain awkward and cramped room arrangements, knocking down walls to create more open floor plans can work wonders.
berlin apartment interior

Designer Peter Fehrentz hired local builders to rip out every interior wall they could from his Berlin apartment, creating an open-plan kitchen, living room, and dining area that feels gracious despite its compact size. Photo by Peter Fehrentz.

 

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Originally appeared in Inside Peter Fehrentz's Renovated Flat in Berlin
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Level headed exposed wooden rafters living room

By knocking down walls in their San Francisco home, a couple created an open plan that allows them to see all the way through the dining and living rooms to the backyard. Photo by Daniel Hennessy.

Originally appeared in Lighting the Way
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White living room with pops of color

Designer Jaime Hayon tore out walls from his late-18th-century flat in Valencia to create a spacious, open-plan layout, which he then filled with vintage finds and his own designs and prototypes. Photo by Nienke Klunder.

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Originally appeared in Designer Jaime Hayon's Renovated Home in Spain
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Barbara Hill renovation bathroom

The owner of a Marfa, Texas weekend retreat removed a labyrinth of temporary walls in order to restore the building to what it once was—essentially one huge room. Photo by Misty Keasler.

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Originally appeared in Dance Dance Renovation
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The couple opted for a smaller kitchen without fussy appliances and a larger dining area. They concentrated on achieving a high-quality space through carefully chosen furnishings, including the Cross Extension table in wenge a Cherner side chair, and the

The main area of a Milwaukee house combines the living room, dining room, and kitchen into one space, transforming the cave-like, 1970s bi-level into a modern home fit for entertaining. Photo by Cameron Wittig.

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Originally appeared in Opened House
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Light-filled dining room and seating area

A former fisherman’s cottage outside Copenhagen was originally a warren of small rooms, but the demolition of interior walls helped create an airy joint dining and living area. Photo by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen.

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Originally appeared in Light-Filled Family Home Renovation in Copenhagen
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Living room with curved concrete ceiling

Despite the sorry state of this Bratislava apartment, architect Lukáš Kordík “had a feeling it could be easily turned into a cozy and open space.” By removing a few walls and emphasizing the 1930s flat’s existing rough-hewn charm, he’s done just that.

Originally appeared in True Value
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berlin apartment interior

Designer Peter Fehrentz hired local builders to rip out every interior wall they could from his Berlin apartment, creating an open-plan kitchen, living room, and dining area that feels gracious despite its compact size. Photo by Peter Fehrentz.

 

Photo by Peter Fehrentz.

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