Why Open-Concept Homes Are In This Year
If you’re in the market for a new home, you’ve probably heard the term “open-concept floor plan” thrown around. Open concepts are incredibly popular for new home floorplans, and, as such, it’s quite common to hear about them in real estate, homes construction, and home design circles.
Yet, you may have no idea what it means for a home to be “open-concept,” why it’s a selling point, and whether or not it’s even something that you would want for your own living space. Or maybe you do understand what it means, but you aren’t sure if the open-concept floorplan is compatible with the type of house you want or currently have.
Well, this article is here to help with all that, from providing basic information about open-concept floorplans and how to best integrate it with your home to potential drawbacks to open-concept homes that you may not have thought about before.
While the name “open-concept” may conjure up images of a house with no division between any of the rooms, with all the furniture and fixtures mingling in one giant area without any privacy, this could not be further from the truth. An open-concept floor plan style home is simply one with few to no dividing walls between the common spaces and heavy-duty beams supporting the weight above, rather than load-bearing walls.
Typically, the common spaces that are combined are the kitchen, living room, and dining room. The idea is that by creating one great room, rather than partitioned off common spaces, a sense of grandeur is created, and the free flow of traffic is encouraged.
Due to the lack of walls, natural light and airflow are increased, along with better, more uninterrupted views. Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright was an early advocate for this style of home design. In his designs, the kitchen was situated as a centralized space, with all the public and common areas of the house arranged around it.
Open-concept floorplans are a great design choice for a house that’s light on square footage, as it makes the home feel that much larger, with only the bathrooms and bedrooms blocked off and the rest of the home as a large space. While you may think that open-concept homes don’t lend themselves to different types of design, nothing could be further from the truth. Most types of homes can be built or redesigned as open-concept homes, with some creative planning and design.
Constructing a bungalow home as an open-concept floorplan is a rather simple affair. In fact, the bungalow style of home lends itself quite well to open-concept floor plans. The smaller size and single story construction of most bungalows make open-concept floorplans allow the interior of the home to feel much larger than it otherwise would. When a second story is involved, it allows the more private compartments and rooms to be situated upstairs, giving you the option of removing yourself from the large common area if you so choose.
Colonial homes, with their typically large size, bedrooms on the second story, and grand front entrances, are excellent candidates for an open modern floorplan. Imagine opening your front door into a large, boundless expanse of interior space, with uninterrupted sight lines from your front entrance clear to the back windows. Upstairs, everything can be compartmentalized, which allows seclusion and privacy.
Ranch style houses are the perfect architectural style to make use of the open-concept. Open floor plans for ranch homes are definitely not in short supply, as architects and designers merge the popular floor plan with the style of home that is most prevalent in most cities. As ranch style homes are low to the ground and spread out, removing the interior walls will create a tremendous amount of space for the common areas. As most ranch homes were built recently enough that they boast modern infrastructure and amenities, living in one is that much easier.
The Pros and Cons of Open-Concept Flooring
While open-concept flooring is an extremely popular style for the interior of homes these days, it’s not without its drawbacks. What one person loves about it might be what another person hates, but here are the commonly cited pros and cons that most people consider when discussing open-concept flooring:
● More social interaction: With an open-concept floorplan in the entire house, apart from the bath and bedrooms, is available for people to intermingle freely. This fosters interaction and the ability for people to be together more easily. It allows parents to keep an eye on their kids while actively preparing dinner, and it allows families that spend most of the day apart to relax in the same space, while still engaging in separate activities.
● More natural lighting: With the lack of interior walls to block sunlight from the windows, open-concept floor plans allow the whole common areas of the house to be bathed in natural lighting from the windows. Air is able to circulate more freely throughout the home, allowing ceiling and floor-mounted fans to more effectively make a cross breeze.
● A larger space: By taking the walls out, you vastly increase the available floor space, and you’ll have so much room for activities. It will make entertaining a snap as well, as hosting a large group of people who are able to freely mingle and converse will be possible.
● Hosting and entertaining: With the kitchen freely open and not cloistered off in the house, you’ll be able to do the work of preparing and cooking while still being able to chat and socialize with your guests.
● Less privacy: Because your kitchen, dining room, living room, and, possibly, den, will all be one area, there are fewer places to go where you aren’t going to be able to get away from everyone in your household.
● Fewer walls mean less decorating: Walls are the number one place for paintings, photographs, and accent decor. With fewer walls, you’ll have less space to work with for expressing your style.
● Harder to hide messes: If your kids are prone to leaving their toys around or you cook a messy creation in the kitchen, it’s going to be in plain view no matter where you are in the house. If you like to keep things tidy, this might not be the floor plan for you.
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