December 19th, 2019

Home Design

An open floor plan is today’s top choice for families looking for their perfect new home. It may be a generational preference due to being more convenient. Just like the 50s and 60s homeowners wanted ranch homes with a patio, it is the most desirable home feature. Whatever the reason, an open concept home is popular and here to stay.

What Is Considered An Open Concept Home?

Often attributed to the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the open concept floor plan consists of minimal walls that divide the rooms. Instead, they have a large expansive area for the family to live in. So basically, what you have is a living room, dining area and kitchen all in one large space. Prior to the 1990’s an open concept home was more popular with wealthy homeowners who often entertained large groups and had the income to install heavy beams that eliminated the need for walls or to build a home without walls.

As we moved into the 21st century, open floor plans has become one of the most popular floor plans for new homeowners.  

The Pros Of An Open Concept Home 

In the last few decades the needs of homeowners have changed and the open floor plan has become very popular. The look of wide open spaces make the room look airier and much bigger than the home’s actual square footage. So if you are considering whether you want to go with a more open floor plan or a more traditional plan, have listed some pros and cons for you to consider. Pros include:

- Fewer walls increase living space

- Increases resale value

- Give smaller square footage the appearance of greater space

- Easier to watch the children as they are more visible in the larger space

- Entertaining is better due to having one big area.

- Allows you to customize your space

- More natural lighting

- More usable space

- More family time together

- More energy efficient as the open plan is easier to heat and cool. 

- The Cons Of An Open Concept Home

There are of course some negative aspects to having an open concept floor plan. The cons include:

- Less privacy

- Sound travels more

- They require more costly engineering due to requiring heavy duty beams to eliminate the walls

- Home must be organized or it will quickly feel cluttered

Despite the negatives listed above, an open floor plan is the look and feel that most new homeowners are looking for. If these negatives have you rethinking your open floor plan, another option is a semi-open floor plan. A “broken” or “semi-open” floor plan includes half walls or bookcases that can delineate areas and lower the noise factor. The installation of an island with shelves will give some separation to the kitchen. The semi-open plan will give you more privacy without sacrificing light.

So no matter what your preference, open concept or the traditional close layout, contact the experts at Design Basics. We’ll help you find the right floor plan for your family’s needs. With many plans to choose from, we can help you develop and build the home of your dreams.