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 had been the primary casualty within the demolition course of. Alternatively, some designers are utilizing half partitions so as to add architectural curiosity, space for storing and wanted separation.

So are half partitions nonetheless thought-about outdated — like formal residing rooms — or are they again in model? It relies on 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 pliability it affords the areas, we’re nonetheless tasked with defining the areas.”

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

“Conventional and Craftsman model houses — now that’s the place one can incorporate a half wall to, for instance, assist outline an entry. But it surely must be detailed in line with the architectural model,” Krahn explains. The picture above is from certainly one of Synthesis Design’s tasks. “Detailed with raised panels, bases and a considerable prime, both stained to deliver out the pure wooden or painted a shiny white, [a half wall] could be a sublime inside end,” Krahn says.

Half partitions create visible strains

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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 advocate utilizing a half wall in a contemporary home. “Trendy houses, for us, are extra in regards to the function partitions that stretch, typically above the roof, or horizontal strains which are giant and imposing to juxtapose the big areas inside.” Whereas he believes they’ve their place, Krahn recommends in search of the recommendation of an expert earlier than you determine to get a half wall.

When and the place to make use of half partitions

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

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

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This pass through makes the kitchen feel larger.

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

Giordano likens a half wall to an implicit tease. “It stops you from transferring by means of an area, despite the fact that it exhibits you what lies past.” Half partitions are frequent in lots of mid-century ramblers, serving to separate the entry from the formal residing space. “In that case, a half wall short-circuits the ritual of accepting a buddy or stranger into your property as a result of the customer can survey its personal quarters with one sweeping look by means of the entrance door.”

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

Nevertheless, this isn’t what occurred in a Gibson Island house’s design, featured within the picture above. “Using half partitions on this lakeside main 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 personal space. “I designed the partitions with pilasters and columns that body an entry into the primary bed room so one doesn’t really feel reduce off from circulating by means of the area,” Giordano explains. “The left-hand half wall additionally defines a comfy nook for the armchair so it’s not floating alongside the bigger aspect wall.”

Half partitions within the rest room

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

“Half or partial partitions are a good way to ‘display’ areas in a rest room 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 householders wished the extent of privateness offered by a wall as a substitute of glass. “The peak is roughly 50″. It’s excessive sufficient to manage the splash however low sufficient so the individual within the bathe doesn’t really feel closed in and may 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 a substitute of glass. “The householders don’t want to fret about water marks and utilizing a squeegee after each bathe.”

What about resale worth?

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

“Half partitions could be very fashionable when used appropriately to create separation or to present move to a bigger area,” 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 could be positioned with a hallway behind it.” Whereas Manning doesn’t suppose half partitions are an ideal alternative for bedrooms, as in stair transitions, he believes they undoubtedly 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 absolutely made their method again to being a sought-out attribute for brand spanking new house consumers,” Garrett says. “Many homebuyers are persevering with to request open idea houses. In my market, half partitions would flip off homebuyers,” he concludes.

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