So we bought this house that was pretty dated, with internal walls separating the living room, dining room and kitchen. Maybe it's an Aussie thing (we live downunder) but we really prefer our floor-plans open and spacious and light-filled. We love the lifestyle factor of being able to entertain and converse with guests in the living area while working in the kitchen. It's also great for supervising the kidlets at play. Not to mention that it looks so much bigger when the main living zones aren't all divided up into separate rooms.
The upshot is, we knocked out a couple of walls, re-polished the floors, painted throughout, and completely re-did the kitchen. This was the result!
For anyone interested in seeing more photos and details, there are more pics on my blog: http://ahousefullofsunshine.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/bye-bye-beaumont-drive-home-tour.html
So.... what do you think?? I'm curious if this "translates" cross-culturally, because open-plan doesn't seem as big of a thing in America from what I can gather from the blogs I follow. Do you like the look? Or does it turn you off being able to see into the kitchen from the living area? Interested to know!