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Break the Open Plan Format: 5 Lovely Sunken Rooms and Areas

The open-plan isn’t the only way to arrange our shared spaces at home. A layout called the broken plan allows you to subtly separate areas within a communal space. This design packs a lot of style and brings everyone in the room together. Check out the featured sunken areas and spaces below!
 

Sunken kitchen and dining areas in a mansion

This kitchen and dining area sits between the living area and other rooms of the house. Sinking this area maximised the space and heightened indoor-outdoor flow.
 

Lovely Sunken Rooms and Areas
Source: MK Properties. Designed by Marmol Radziner

 
As you can see, two offset rectangles bound this area and connect it to the garden and the rest of the house. Low stairs lead you in and out of the pit. Down there, the peninsula kitchen is strictly for cooking while the dining nook is for socializing.
 
Lovely Sunken Rooms and Areas
Source: MK Properties. Designed by Marmol Radziner

 
Sinking the kitchen and dining area also allowed the use of bigger windows that open to the garden and the pool.
 
Lovely Sunken Rooms and Areas
Source: MK Properties. Designed by Marmol Radziner

 

Sunken kitchen in an apartment

Apartment living maybe confined but it’s not always boring. With a little creativity, one can build a stylish pad that suits your needs.
 

Lovely Sunken Rooms and Areas
Source: Elan Kitchens

 
Take this loft apartment for example. The designers created a sunken kitchen on the ground floor and left the mezzanine for the living area. The floor of the living area is at the same level as the countertops. Glass panels separate the two areas and keep the dirt on one side from entering the other.
 
Lovely Sunken Rooms and Areas
Source: Elan Kitchens

 
Superdraft tip: Split-level dwellings always have multiple ceiling heights. Make sure that all areas, including doors, are in standard height. You don’t want to awkwardly bow your head when staying or passing through some areas.
 

Sunken living room

Sinking a living room similar to this house has numerous benefits to offer. It separates the lounge from the dining and kitchen without putting up walls. The pit also makes the living room more inviting and comfortable.
 

Lovely Sunken Rooms and Areas
Source: Kennedy Nolan Architects

 
This design creates a wide bench seating that runs around the room. You can sit here while doing yoga, reading a book, or drinking a cup of coffee in the morning.
 
Lovely Sunken Rooms and Areas
Source: Kennedy Nolan Architects

 
For extra cosiness, lay a softer underfoot on the sunken areas. The living room of this home has been carpeted while the other areas retain its polished concrete underfoot.
 
Lovely Sunken Rooms and Areas
Source: Kennedy Nolan Architects

 

Just a conversation pit

Before the open-plan living trend began in the 1980s, conversation pits are hip. The designers of this home brought back this feature of the past and gave it a modern appeal. They went for the minimalist approach, followed a neutral colour palette, and used comfy cushions for the conversation pit.
 

Lovely Sunken Rooms and Areas
Source: Minimum Arquitectura

 
Sinking the second lounge separates it from the main living area. Using contrasting colours for the couch is also a smart way to keep a distinction between the two.
 
Lovely Sunken Rooms and Areas
Source: Minimum Arquitectura

 

Small sunken backyard

Sinking your outdoor area below floor level creates a bench seating for a bunch of people. Install LED strip lights under each seat to accentuate the area. The glowing lights also help keep this area safe at night.
 

Lovely Sunken Rooms and Areas
Source: Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

 

Zoning a large outdoor area

Sinking an area helps define spaces within a larger space. Notice how the lowered lounge established the boundaries of the outdoor kitchen and the pool.
 

Lovely Sunken Rooms and Areas
Source: Dean Herald-Rolling Stone Landscapes

 
The sunken lounge was built inside retaining walls. Cushioned seat made from hardwood surround a wooden fireplace. This place is ready for any party all year round.
 
Lovely Sunken Rooms and Areas
Source: Dean Herald-Rolling Stone Landscapes

 
Tired of the open-plan interiors? Perhaps it’s time to switch and spice things up! Sunken spaces are applicable to your indoor and outdoor spaces. Build one and have more happy memories and meaningful conversations in there.
 
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Charlene Gonzales

Charlene Gonzales

Charlene is a Superdraft blogger dedicated to bringing you the best information for your home, from renovation tips to design and decorating advice.

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