Are Half Partitions Again In Type?


Half partitions, often known as pony partitions, can create separation and supply a level of privateness. However for years, everytime you watched a house renovation present, half partitions have been the primary casualty within the demolition course of. However, some designers are utilizing half partitions so as to add architectural curiosity, cupboard space and wanted separation.

So are half partitions nonetheless thought of outdated — like formal dwelling rooms — or are they again in fashion? It is determined by who you ask.

Designers use half partitions judiciously

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A half-wall design with columns in Vancouver. Picture courtesy of Synthesis Design.

“Creating areas that evoke a way of place, scale and luxury typically requires some definition,” says Curtis D. Krahn, Founder and Principal at Synthesis Design. “On this period of open plans, which we love due to the flexibleness it affords the areas, we’re nonetheless tasked with defining the areas.”

And Krahn says generally a half wall creates the delineation. “The half wall is hard and never an answer to be handled frivolously,” he warns. “If the appliance shouldn’t be appropriate, it may look dated earlier than the paint dries.”

“Conventional and Craftsman fashion houses — now that’s the place one can incorporate a half wall to, for instance, assist outline an entry. Nevertheless it needs to be detailed consistent with the architectural fashion,” Krahn explains. The picture above is from one in every of Synthesis Design’s tasks. “Detailed with raised panels, bases and a considerable high, both stained to carry out the pure wooden or painted a shiny white, [a half wall] might be a chic inside end,” Krahn says.

Half partitions create visible traces

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Half wall interest

A half wall can add curiosity. Picture: Fuse/Getty Photos

“Typically, the half wall terminates at a column (or columns) framed with a lintel or a slight arch,” Krahn provides. “This enhances the sense of entry whereas nonetheless offering glimpses of the adjoining rooms.” Moreover, he says that half partitions may incorporate inset cabinets or niches for books and different objects.

Nevertheless, Krahn wouldn’t suggest utilizing a half wall in a contemporary home. “Trendy houses, for us, are extra concerning the function partitions that stretch, typically above the roof, or horizontal traces which are massive and imposing to juxtapose the big areas inside.” Whereas he believes they’ve their place, Krahn recommends searching for the recommendation of an expert earlier than you resolve to get a half wall.

When and the place to make use of half partitions

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Semi private wall

A half wall can present a semi-private surroundings. Picture: Tom Merton/Getty Photos

“As an idea, one have to be extraordinarily considered in selecting the place to make use of a half wall,” warns Melanie Giordano, Principal at Barnes Vanze Architects in Washington, DC. “There might be one thing actually disturbing about this architectural factor, which got here into fashion together with mid-century fads just like the dialog pit.”

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This pass through makes the kitchen feel larger.

This go by way of makes the kitchen really feel bigger. Picture: 2M Media/Shutterstock

Giordano likens a half wall to an implicit tease. “It stops you from shifting by way of an area, although it reveals you what lies past.” Half partitions are frequent in lots of mid-century ramblers, serving to separate the entry from the formal dwelling space. “In that case, a half wall short-circuits the ritual of accepting a buddy or stranger into your private home as a result of the customer can survey its non-public quarters with one sweeping look by way of the entrance door.”

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Gibson Island MD

Half-walls in a Gibson Island, MD, main bedroom space. Picture courtesy of Anice Hoachlander, Photographer.

Nevertheless, this isn’t what occurred in a Gibson Island dwelling’s design, featured within the picture above. “Using half partitions on this lakeside master bedroom efficiently separates a sitting space with out closing it off from the sunshine and the views of the sweeping shoreline off the rear balcony,” Giordano says.

She explains that it really works as a result of the homeowners have already entered their non-public space. “I designed the partitions with pilasters and columns that body an entry into the principle bed room so one doesn’t really feel minimize off from circulating by way of the house,” Giordano explains. “The left-hand half wall additionally defines a comfortable nook for the armchair so it’s not floating alongside the bigger facet wall.”

Half partitions within the toilet

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A half wall within the toilet of a Portland riverfront townhouse. Picture courtesy of Jenni Leasia.

“Half or partial partitions are an effective way to ‘display screen’ areas in a toilet with out fully closing them off,” says Jenni Leasia of Jenni Leasia Design in Portland, OR. She created the design within the picture above.

She explains that the owners wished the extent of privateness offered by a wall as an alternative of glass. “The peak is roughly 50″. It’s excessive sufficient to manage the splash however low sufficient so the particular person within the bathe doesn’t really feel closed in and might see outdoors of the bathe whereas utilizing it,” Leasia says. “The open, ethereal feeling is enhanced by eliminating the bathe door.” And there’s one other benefit to utilizing a tile wall as an alternative of glass. “The owners don’t want to fret about water marks and utilizing a squeegee after each bathe.”

What about resale worth?

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Half wall too open

A half wall can preserve a room from being too open. Picture: Astronaut/Getty Photos

“Half partitions might be very fashionable when used appropriately to create separation or to provide circulate to a bigger house,” says John Manning, Managing Dealer at RE/MAX on Market in Seattle, WA. “For instance, a half wall can present a satisfying barrier in opposition to which a sofa might be positioned with a hallway behind it.” Whereas Manning doesn’t suppose half partitions are an ideal selection for bedrooms, as in stair transitions, he believes they positively have their place, particularly in additional conventional houses.

If half partitions are making a comeback, Patrick Garrett, Dealer/Realtor at H&H Realty in Trussville, AL, isn’t holding his breath ready for his or her return. “From what I’ve been seeing, half partitions haven’t totally made their method again to being a sought-out attribute for brand spanking new dwelling consumers,” Garrett says. “Many homebuyers are persevering with to request open idea houses. In my market, half partitions would flip off homebuyers,” he concludes.