If there was an international committee created to promote the open floor plan, this Victorian cottage in Sydney, Australia, would be its pretty spokesperson. After the interiors of this 19th-century dwelling were completely gutted—a job that included knocking down the walls closing in on the small, dark kitchen—the place seemed not only bigger and shinier, but also, in a way not totally unlike the "after" shots on weight loss or teeth whitening commercials, supremely happier. Architect Danny Broe splashed color on hard-edged surfaces, added a bay window to the back of the house (above), and created a patio out of the demolition refuse. Do have a look.
More before and after shots, over at Houzz.