An article telling us that all that knocking walls down to open up rooms in our homes as seen on HGTV is now being met with dismay by some designers. It's now all about how open spaces bring noise, odd furniture layouts, messy kitchens and in view toys that open concepts bring.
"House interiors are part of the fashion industry. Hemlines go up, and then they go back down again." Walls go up, walls come down, walls go back up again.
I tend to stand with the walls come down crowd, at least some walls. The rooms are brighter, less claustrophobic. When we bought our house in Collinsville all the rooms were separate spaces except for the living/dining rooms which opened to each other by means of a wide arch. The kitchen was beyond a door from the dining room and the dining room also had a door leading to a hallway which opened to a bath, stairway to the second floor, stairway to the basement and lastly to a back bedroom. The bedroom shared a wall with the kitchen.
In 1983 if memory serves me, I set to work one Sunday after church blowing out the plaster and lathwork in the kitchen wall in order to open the area up and use that unused bedroom as a family room to breath life into the kitchen. Neighbors came and helped with this demolition which occurred while Dale was preaching the second service at Holy Cross and was quite suprised to come home to a partial opening in the wall.
Anyway, this turned out to be the best thing we ever did, so I am on the side of "opening up the space."