From Empty Floor Plan to Zen-Inspired Great Room

The House Crashers team turns a boring open floor plan into a separate dining and living room with modern appeal.

Before: Bland Living Space

This spacious living room is less than appealing with bland beige walls and mismatched furniture. Minimal decor and an open floor plan provide the perfect blank slate for a brand-new design.

After: Bold and Lively

The homeowners wanted an indoor water feature and stained concrete floors to bring an industrial and modern look to the space. Accents of teal and orange deliver a lively feel that wasn't there before.

Before: Dull Dining Room

Adjacent to the living room, the dining room feels dull, useless and uncomfortable. The room needs to feel like its own space with sliding doors, proper lighting and an energetic burst of color to top it off.

After: Separate Spaces

To efficiently separate the dining room from the living room without decreasing square footage, sliding shoji doors were added at the edge of the living area. And to further separate the two spaces, the dining area was raised and the floors were covered in medium-stain hardwood.

After: Warm Accessories

Nothing can warm up a cozy living room quite like an electric fireplace. With a teal frame, the fireplace brightens up the gray accent wall and provides a modern take on a traditional mantelscape.

After: DIY Extras

Virtually all the changes made to the living and dining rooms were products of DIY projects. This helped keep the overall cost of the remodel low, including the water feature, fireplace, sliding shoji doors, and the hardwood and concrete flooring.

After: Formal Dining

The raised floor and accompanying area rug make the now-separate dining room feel intimate and inviting on its own. Modern fixtures above the table help to brighten the space and enhance the bold teal focal wall.