Continuous surfaces for improved interior adaptability


The open space living room will soon be subdivided into the living room and bedrooms.

The pain of renovating and retrofitting

Anyone who has had to renovate the interior of a brick and mortar structure has surely thought ‘Never Again’! From maddening noise to extensive damage, the entire process is not only disturbing, but usually ends up taking much longer than predicted. This was one of our major concerns right from the onset; how to design a home that was not necessarily flexible on its edges, but was internally adaptable, and thereby useful over the long-term. 

Our approach

Because most renovations usually begin with the intention to free up some internal space and end up becoming extensive additions or alterations to the structure, our approach was to create an internal living space that could be divided into fewer or more rooms, as the needs of the occupants changed (for example the birth of a child or the need for an office space might result in a room being subdivided, or a single couple might prefer to remove one of the rooms to create a larger entertainment area). The focus was not to make a flexible outside shell, but rather to create an adaptable interior living space, where most of the demands on a home are placed and the need for spaces to change usually occurs most often.

The solution

Solving this challenge was the result of three strategies: 
1. Create continuous ceiling and floor surfaces in the living space
2. Support this more adaptable space with a ‘spine’ of services (kitchen and bathrooms)
3. Create an open plan living space that can be subdivided with partition drywalls 

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The benefits

The major benefit to using continuous floor and ceiling surfaces is the overall lower cost (and potentially smaller headache) if future renovations are required. Because the subdivisions are made with drywalls, if a wall is moved or removed, the underlying floor and ceiling above are not severely damaged in the process. Slight touch-ups will return the surfaces to their ideal finish. In addition, installing drywalls is a faster process (quick to disassemble and recycle offsite), with less damage and mess (lightweight, pre-measured, compact) and easy to manage regular changes over the years as necessary.