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on September 09, 2015

Is an Open Floor Plan for You?

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Every homeowner has their own design style, which makes choosing a floor plan that meets style preferences -- and functional needs -- essential.

While there is no such thing as a universally “perfect” floor plan, there is, however, such a thing as the “perfect” floor plan for your household.

There are pros and cons to the traditional floor plan and the modern floor plan alike. Only by weighing your priorities, can you figure out which floor plan is perfect.

In this article we want to help you determine whether or not the open floor plan is compatible with your needs and stylistic preferences.


In the event you are already leaning toward an open floor plan concept, here are a couple of question to ask yourself:

  • Is more natural light something you desire? Natural sunlight is something that most people associate as positive and desirable. Of course, this can be true in some cases, but maybe you don’t want a super bright, naturally light home. If that is the case, you should know that with less walls and doors, your home will be basking in natural sunlight.
  • Do you enjoy entertaining?If you enjoy having the occasional house party, then the open floor plan is the most socially savvy floor plan there is. Open floor plans are welcoming and inviting and they naturally allow social interactions to unfold, as they should.  On the other hand, if entertaining isn’t your thing an open floor plan might not be the right choice.
  • Can you live with less artwork and interior design? Open floor plans have less wall space. This means you might not be able to fit all of your existing artwork or interior design ideas into an open floor plan concept. If you appreciate a minimalist approach to artwork and design, the open floor plan can certainly accommodate. If sacrificing interior design ideas and fancy artwork isn’t something you are willing to do, a traditional floor plan may be in order.
  • Do you have any special physical needs? If you use a wheel chair or a walker, getting around from room to room can be difficult. Open floor plan housing promotes ease of mobility while traditional floor plans can make it more difficult to get around.
  • Clutter: Do you organize it or hide it? With less walls and storage space, hiding clutter can is much harder to do. Maintaining a well kept home with an open floor plan is requires a proactive approach that most likely involves daily involvement.
  • What about children?Keeping an eye on one child alone can be a daunting task, never mind keeping an eye on a handful of them at a time. With less hiding spots for your kids to find, an open floor plans make it easier for you to keep an eye on the little ones from almost any vantage point. The same cannot be said for a traditional floor plan concept.
  • How much do you value privacy?If you’re a private person who likes to keep to themselves, open floor plans may not be the best choice for you. Open floor plans in the home allow for sound to travel easily. Peace and quiet may not be easy to obtain when there are no walls or doors to shut out the sound.

The right floor plan can shape how you experience your home and will take into consideration how the home will be used in order to ensure it fits with your lifestyle. From size and shape, to where the rooms are located in adjacent to each other can make or break your home experience.

A large living room window wall that lets in beautiful natural light is great for aesthetic purposes, but could wreak havoc on energy bills. A floor plan that is open and spacious is great for entertaining guests, but could create quite the challenge of focusing on a work task in the home office while the kids are watching television in the living room.

Open floor plans are great, but they are not for everybody -- at least now you are able to figure out whether or not you should have one.