Before deciding you want to remodel your home to include an open floor plan, it’s essential to ask yourself the ‘why’ behind your renovation goals. Open floor plans can be great for many reasons, but they’re not a perfect fit for every family or home. Before you start tearing down walls, there are some things you may want to consider about open-concept homes.
An open floor plan can be described as its name suggests–it is a large, open layout with minimal walls separating rooms. These open-concept spaces may be broken up by strategic furniture layout to create a defined space with the surrounding areas.
“Closed” floor plans are the more traditional house layout with clearly separated spaces thanks to walls enclosing each room. This style often leads to reduced site lines, smaller passageways, and more privacy.
There are both advantages and disadvantages to open-concept living.
The areas of a home you are most likely to see an open floor plan are the spaces meant to be shared by the whole family. Homeowners often open the kitchen to a dining room space to share access and create an ‘eat-in’ space. You may see a former ‘flex space’ adapted to be part of the larger entertainment space, like joining a formal living room and a family room together.
Connectivity to outdoor living spaces can also be viewed as an open floor plan. The use of wall-to-wall windows and patio door technology has increased the use of this open floor plan to unite indoor and outdoor spaces.
When debating an open floor plan vs. a closed one, it’s essential to start by figuring out what works best with your lifestyle. You can have an open floor plan for a portion of the house and still have additional spaces, like home offices, separate to be used as needed. Make sure you have a thoughtful design for the open floor plan while maintaining private spaces where you need them. It's recommended homeowners create a list of pros/cons and priorities regarding an open floor plan individually, and then compare this list to other decision-makers within the household to ensure they align before beginning their renovation journey.
If you're considering a renovation to create an open floor plan, it's helpful to have a clear understanding of the entire remodeling process. For more guidance, download the eBook. "Space Planning 101: How to Renovate Your Home Layout to Improve Functionality."
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