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Are we over open plan living?

  Will 2019 be the year we turn our backs on open plan living and a return to rooms? Will Wisbey at our Fulham South branch says possibly, with solutions for those caught between the two styles of living.

Will 2019 be the year we turn our backs on open plan living and a return to rooms? Will Wisbey at our Fulham South branch says possibly, with solutions for those caught between the two styles of living.

As you can imagine, we have been inside thousands of homes and the last ten years have seen our local residents embrace open-plan living.

SW London’s swathes of period properties feature dedicated rooms that, with a good builder, can be remodeled or removed to afford a freer, single space that lends itself to family living and socialising. If you see a skip outside a home, you can almost always bet there’s a degree of ‘opening up’ going on. That is, until now.

Our conversations with home movers reveal there is a yearning to return to more defined style of living. “Many people are rediscovering the beauty of having rooms that can be closed off or decorated in different styles,” says Will. Increasingly, movers want to retain a stand-alone dining room or snug, while others want to make a property semi open plan to create a hybrid environment.

“In some circles there is an air of tiredness around everything being on display in an open-plan home – toys, clutter and dinner time remnants – and big spaces don’t always create that cozy feeling some people crave. We expect many of the homes we sell in 2019 to be left intact or remodeled with a return to rooms in mind.”

If you’d like a selection of home to buy or rent with rooms intact, contact your local Aspire branch and we’ll pull together a list of what’s available.