Why Open Concept Living Begs for an Opening Glass Wall

open concept living in san francisco with folding glass wall

Open concept living is on the rise. Why? It helps small spaces feel large and improves the flow throughout the house.

In many examples of open concept living you’ll see images of living rooms and kitchens with a large opening to the outside. Those openings are created with opening glass walls.

So why are opening glass walls so compatible with open concept living?

 

wood framed folding door to the outside

 

Control Focal Points

Open concept floorplans require focal points. Walls may not be necessary but it is still important to have a couple of central points that define the space. One way to indicate focal points is through light.

Whether open or closed, an opening glass wall welcomes streams of daylight that can be used to highlight features it shines upon.

The opening glass wall can also be a focal point of its own. If you want to put the spotlight on the backyard or view, the opening glass wall can help. An open system directs a visitor’s eyesight to what’s outside because of the picture frame effect the opening creates.

Even More Open Feeling

Homeowners enjoy open concept living because it gives small spaces a free and open feeling. Replacing a wall with large openings help to enhance that feeling. Although you might be standing in a small room, with a 20’ opening to the backyard it feels like you’re in a space with the combined area of the indoors + backyard.

 

remodeled home with open concept living and opening glass wall

 

Continue the Flow…Outdoors

People love the easy navigation of open floor living. Why limit that smooth traffic flow to just the indoors? A large opening welcomes people outside and allows flowing traffic for homeowners and their guests.

 

sustainable remodel with energy efficient folding glass wall and open concept design

 

Function + Aesthetics = Minimalist Success

Minimalism only works if the few elements in the house also serve an important function. An opening glass wall checks off the aesthetic need, but it also serves many more purposes: egress, temperature control, natural ventilation, lighting, etc.

Final Thoughts

When designing a residence for open concept living, consider using an opening glass wall. NanaWall Systems offers many residentially focused opening glass wall systems. Each system solves a common design challenge that residential architects face.

Learn more about the residential application of NanaWall systems!

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