When describing their “dream home” most people these days include the words “open concept.” Choppy, closed room floor plans are now a thing of the past. But many of us don’t want to move because we love our neighborhoods and school systems. Does that mean our older home can’t have that open concept?


One cost-effective way to open up your space is to start with the staircase. Solid walls can be opened up and replaced with railings and balusters. In this home, a Craftsman style banister, with clean, simple lines, was included in the renovation. Older, worn carpet has been replaced with gorgeous oak planks stained to match the rest of the millwork while providing contrast to the crisp, white risers.


Interested in seeing more? The renovations continued in this home with a full kitchen remodel, an addition, guest bathroom, and master bathroom.

Interested in learning more about how to give your home an open concept? The Divine team can help!

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"My kitchen required a complete design change in order to have it function effectively. With Mariette’s help, we were able to double our cabinet space, triple our counter space and retain our eat-in-area – all without adding any square footage! Mariette was able to understand and design what we wanted for our kitchen, while contributing ideas which enhanced the project. In addition, all the materials she supplied (cabinets, countertops, hardware etc) were of superior quality. Further, Mariette’s part of the project was completed on time and on budget!"

- M.F. Needham, MA