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Hardwood Floor Transitions: Making Open Floor Plans Work

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Mar 01, 2013 @ 05:03 AM

Open Floor Plan Design Tips

How to transition your Hardwood Floors

The design team at Stanton Homes can answer all your new home questions and give style, tone, and layout recommendations that meet your needs.

One common question we are asked is: How many types of flooring can I include in an open floor plan - where all flooring transitions are visible? Is it possible to have tile in my kitchen, hardwood in my great room, and stone in my foyer, without creating a dizzying effect?

Below are our top 5 examples of how to transition from wood to tile, stone, or carpet.

Floor Transition Example #1: Kitchen to open great room

Open floor plan design - how to transition from wood to tile or stone

 

Can I use tile in my kitchen if it is completely open to a hardwood great room, or should I also use hardwood flooring in the kitchen?

Even in very open floor plans, the great room and kitchen flooring styles do NOT need to match. 

In this example, taken from a version of the Dugan, the kitchen, breakfast room, and foyer are all tile, with a hardwood great room.

 

As long as the flooring transitions align with other design elements (the walls and overlook in this case), they will not interrupt the flow of an open floor plan.

Floor Transition Example #2: Foyer to living room

Open floor plan design - how to transition from wood to tile or stone

In this second example, taken from a version of the Beaufort, the foyer and kitchen are both hardwood with a carpted living room in between. In this case, the staircase could use carpet or hardwood flooring.

It is important to give each room of your home a distinct purpose, which is why we find the flooring transitions in this home pleasant.

The transition helps portray the foyer, living room, and kitchen as individual rooms, not just open space.

Floor Transition Example #3: Living room / foyer to staircase

Open floor plan design - how to transition from wood to tile or stone

 

In this example (taken from a version of the Mastrosimone), the foyer, great room, dinning room, and staircase all use hardwood flooring.

The second story, however, transitions into carpet with one final "step" of hardwood. 

 

 

 

Open floor plan design - how to transition from wood to tile or stone

 

 

Becuase the carpet is not visible from the first floor, this is a great way to save money on flooring costs, while keeping the first floor completely upscale.

 

 

 

 

Floor Transition Example #4:  Steps in a staircase

Open floor plan design - how to transition from wood to tile or stone

 

Can I transition from from hardwood to carpet in the MIDDLE of a staircase?

In this version of the Firebird, hardwood is used for all steps with open wrought-iron railing. From the foyer and living room, only hardwood is visible.

The homeowner desired a clear transition from the "formal living areas" to a softer feel for the upper bedrooms.   Including hardwood on just the exposed treads can also save some cost.

Floor Transition Example #5: Hallway to a bathroom or laundry room

Open floor plan design - how to transition from wood to tile or stone

Whether you have carpeted or hardwood hallways, there is a nearly seemless transition into a bathroom, laundry, or mudroom.

While full baths have either tile or vinyl flooring almost without exception, a Powder Room or Half Bath can be floored in hardwoods as well, if a consistent flooring is desired.

With Stanton Homes, you'll be able to ask the advice of our on-staff experts before you choose your flooring.  We'll help you decide what works best for your lifestyle and budget in your new custom home.

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