Why You Should Invest in Open Concept

by Ian Phillips

Tell your friends, this is where the parties at. In fact, Michael Torrey had this in mind while designing Avalon’s newest Malibu home. Everything from the kitchen layout, the backyard, the pool, both living and family rooms were intentional designed to accommodate large groups of people, while still maintaining the modern design of the house.

The Kitchen

The kitchen’s layout is perfect for hosting large events such as parties or fund raisers. With a dual fuel range Wolf oven and stovetop, Wolf microwave and convection oven, two dishwashers that blend in seamlessly to the custom cabinets, and a built-in espresso machine. There is an abundance of counter space, as well as, a large two level island for all your cooking and entertaining needs. The open kitchen layout allows the host to be apart of the party, interacting with guests as they mingle on bar stools or hanging out on the deck.

The Family and Living Room

If the kitchen is the heart of the house, then the family and living room is your right-hand man.  In Torrey’s design, the living room and the family room are adjacent to each other separated by the kitchen. This open design coaxes visitors to lounge, socialize, and enjoy the expansive view, for there is not a bad view in the house. This type of open-space custom design gives the homeowner a chance to truly make each room its own, based on your preferences and what you enjoy doing.

The Deck

It does not get more open-concept than when you decide to pull back the collapsing floor to ceiling windows opening completely at one corner, the floating bank of Fleetwood doors weave together the interior of the home and the expansive deck. Within seconds you are both inside and outside, giving you the best of both worlds. So at your next big Friday night gathering while you are making dinner you can converse with your guests at the island bar, family room and deck all from one location.

Natural Lighting

A helpful tool when developing an open concept house as to not make the home feel cavernous is natural lighting. Therefore, when Torrey was designing the home he made sure there was a windows providing natural light in every room. From large clerestory windows in the grand room to the indirect sunlights that line the ceiling for natural sunlight during the day.

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