The Gift of Partition
Master the art of using partition walls
Just like any other homeowner, you’d probably opt for a bigger house. As if it’s never enough – you want more room for your furniture and privacy for each of you in the family. Additional space also means being able to do as many rearrangements as you want, any time you like. How nice would that be?
Well, if what you want is more room, then you can have it next week (or sooner!). A full-blown house renovation is even unnecessary. What you need are partition walls and mastery in using them to maximize the space you have.
Partition walls are usually constructed from brick or blockwork, but they can also be framed. Framed partition walls, also known as stud walls, can be constructed from timber, aluminium, or steel frames clad with fibreboard, plasterboard, or metal boarding. You may also have them glazed. Of course, glass is a superstar in partitions!
Since partition walls are non-load bearing, they provide good flexibility especially if they are lightweight, framed systems. As mentioned earlier, no need for a dramatic renovation, as wall positions can be changed easily. Depending on the construction you go for, you may move all the components of your partition wall to a different location.
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• Fixed or sliding glass partitions. Translucent partitions double as interior windows and they go well with the rest of your furniture. You can have a clear view of the rooms. To add, you may also go for the type you can pull shut to block out kitchen noises and fumes.
•Outline with levels. Want to divide a space? Set up distinct boundaries between zones through varying the floor levels. For example, a step-down living area can separate your lounge from the rest of your home. Besides differing levels, wood-and-glass partition can also visually demarcate two separate zones.
•Accentuate with screens. If you want to add to the aesthetic appeal while creating a room within a room, you can set boundaries with wooden slatted screens that let through light, views, and foot traffic. Swivelling is easy to segregate rooms when required.
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Framed constructions also come with insulation, which prevents the passage of sound or fire between adjacent spaces. You just have to make sure that the top and bottom of the wall are properly sealed against the floor and ceiling. In case you want to avoid the inconvenience of installing permanent screens, choose classic portable ones of etched glass or carved wood.
See, you can have more rooms next week (or sooner). Happy partitioning!