Open floor plan homes

If you are at the planning stages of designing your new home, you may be trying to decide if open plan living spaces are right for you. Whilst open floor plan homes can promote family time and social interaction, it can also mean a lack of privacy or space for quiet moments. Now is the time to think about open plan living pros and cons andwhether it’s right for you and your family.

Benefits of open plan living spaces

  • Maximise the feeling of space

Smaller homes can feel much bigger with open floor plans. No walls can give a feeling of space and feel less restrictive.

  • Spend more time together

Having your kitchen and living area as one means that no-one is ever cut off from the family whilst cooking dinner, for instance.  Making conversation with dinner guests able to relax in a different area makes for a more sociable environment. Plus being able to keep an eye on what little ones are up to can save a lot of time and energy – and give you peace of mind.

  • Fit your favourite furniture in

No walls or corners means less restriction on the positioning of tables or seating. You have the freedom to place pieces where they suit you and not where they traditionally would sit. Large, over-sized sofas can be used where space would usually be an issue. Or an extending dining table for dinner parties no longer needs to be ruled out.

  • Brighten your home

One of the biggest points when comparing open floor plan vs closedis the extra light let in by the lack of walls.  The central point of your living spaces will benefit from much more natural daylight. A point to bear in mind when thinking about the positioning of your windows also.

It’s important to look at both sides when making a big decision. Is there anything negative about open plan living?

Disadvantages of open living spaces

  • Privacy

Of course, we all need a bit of ‘me’ time sometimes and that can be hard when you live open plan.  Just grabbing five minutes away from the hustle and bustle of family life can be difficult when there are no walls separating everyone.

  • Mess

No matter how hard you try, keeping a house tidy and free from clutter can be hard in any circumstances, but with open living spaces there’s nowhere to hide! Being clever with storage helps, but with small children (or messy teens) it can feel like a losing battle.

  • Energy efficiency

Tall ceilings and large spaces look and feel fabulous, but are harder to heat than more energy-efficient smaller rooms. Extra heating bills need to be factored when thinking about open floor plans.


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