How to curb the curse of open plan living

Open plan living is wonderfully social but sharing cooking smells as well as conversation can be a bit much to ask. Here we explore how to use roller shutters, normally used for security purposes, to limit cooking smells too.


Cooking in an open plan kitchen and living area has its drawbacks. Like when you’re browning lamb in preparation for a slow cooked curry and the smokey smells are shared by everyone in the vicinity.

You are forced to open windows and doors to get a through draft to disperse the fumes, especially when the extractor fan just doesn’t do its job properly. Not a pleasant solution during winter.

Then of course there’s the fire alarm problem. Unfortunately they can’t distinguish between friendly fire from the stove and a life-threatening incident, so they go off during a fry-up too.


The solution was highlighted in a magazine article showcasing a customer’s home. The article entitled “Suburban Outdoor Living” by Refilewe Boikanyo was published in SA Homeowner in November 2014. It featured a wonderful Sandton home designed for great flow between the indoor and outdoor living spaces.

What attracted our attention was the Trellidor Rollerstyle shutter fitted to the counter hatch between the kitchen and living area. What a brilliant idea! It can be closed during a fry-up and opened again when it’s time to enjoy the fruits of that labour.

Of course, the main function of the roller shutter is to provide security when the house is closed up for the night. It prevents anyone breaking into the kitchen from gaining access to the rest of the house, but we love the fact that it’s multi-functional.

A modern solution for modern homes

Trellidor Rollerstyle shutters are made from aluminium so they fit in nicely with the clean lines of modern, open plan homes. They can also be fully automated and can be integrated into another 21st Century trend: smart homes with central control systems.

Find a Trellidor franchise near you and visit their showroom to see these sleek shutters for yourself.



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