What’s even more exciting is that these home designs are currently available on recently released lots from Multi-Area Developments.
If you’ve ever wondered what constitutes an open floor plan and why they’re so in-demand, read on.
What exactly is an open floor plan?
Although it sounds like a modern term, the concept of an open floor plan first came into prominence in the 1880s.
Certain elements must come together in order for a design to be considered open floor:
- Large, expansive spaces.
- Elimination of traditional barriers between rooms (such as walls and doors).
- As few small, separate rooms as possible.
Here’s a very simple way to look at it.
Is there a wall separating your kitchen from the dining room, and another wall separating the dining room from the living room?
Yes? Then you have a closed floor plan.
No? Then you’ve got an open floor plan in your home.
The pros of an open floor plan
Having one large, multi-functional room which serves as a single living area has many benefits for families like yours.
- Improved traffic flow: It’s much easier to go from room-to-room without opening and closing doors; especially when certain areas (such as the kitchen) become too crowded.
- Shared light: Sunlight shining through windows can illuminate the entire space, as opposed to turning on individual lights in individual rooms.
- Safety: Keep your eye on the kids and make sure the dog doesn’t get into trouble while you’re getting dinner ready in the kitchen.
- Improved social interaction: When hosting guests, everyone can socialize together without having to split up into multiple rooms.
- Makes your home seem larger: The lack of walls and barriers make open floor homes (especially smaller ones) feel much bigger than they actually are.
Down the line, should you ever decide to sell your new construction home, open floor homes tend to fetch more on the market vs. closed floor houses.
Is an open floor plan right for you?
Open floor plans are expansive and modern. They can transform any home from a collection of separate rooms to a single, unified living space.
Yet, there are questions you should ask beforehand about what an open floor plan means for daily life.
- How much do you value quiet time? If you’re trying to watch TV or read a book, will the noise from your daughter making a smoothie in the kitchen bother you?
- Will you be doing much entertaining? Is your home the hub of your social circle? If so, an open floor concept makes it easier to host and oversee that everyone’s having a good time.
- How do you clean? If you’re the type of person who likes to clean everything at once, an open floor layout will allow you do to just that.
- What about clutter? The lack of doors and walls makes clutter more visible. For example, if you have young kids, you might want to keep their toys in an enclosed room and out-of-sight.
- Do you love art? There’s less wall space in an open floor concept to hang artwork, pictures, clocks, and other decorative items.
Reading about open floor plans in a blog is one thing.
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