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The 4 Pros and Cons of Open Floor Plans

Open floor plans are a highly desired design concept that has been popular for years. There are many reasons that an open floor plan might work for your home, but let’s consider the pros and cons of an open floor plan and whether it’s the right decision for you 

Pro: Makes Your Home Feel Bigger

Homeowners often choose an open floor plan because it does exactly what the name suggests and can make your space feel more open and spacious. There are fewer cramped corners, hard-to-see spots, and awkward angles to walk around. An open floor plan will solve your issues if your home feels constricted and confined.

Open floor plans also allow light to stream through the space, making it feel brighter and more airy. Living in a home that doesn’t feel dark and dreary is much more comfortable without being forced to turn on every light in the house. 

Since they are highly sought after, open floor plans generally raise a home’s real estate value. So, if selling your home in the future is your priority, it would be a good idea to consider an open floor design. 

open floor planCon: Could Make it Less Cozy

A bright, airy space can sound ideal, but you’ll also lose that cozy feeling that comes with a more traditional floor plan. Living rooms with a fireplace and an oversized comfy couch might feel less inviting in an open area concept when you can hear noise from the kitchen over the soft music playing in the background. 

open floor planPro: The Cook Can Be Included

In a more traditional style floor plan, the kitchen might be separated from the rest of the house, resulting in the cook being left out of the conversation. Whether you’re cooking a weeknight dinner, meal prepping on a Sunday afternoon, or entertaining your family and friends, having an open floor plan can allow whoever is preparing the food to feel more included in the fun. 

open floor planCon: Load-Bearing Walls Might Get in the Way

You may be convinced that an open floor plan is right for you, but you’re unsure how the contractor will remove all those walls. Removing load-bearing walls can be challenging without ruining the aesthetic of the open floor plan. This is something be aware of, as it might change the look of the design you desire. An experienced contractor will be able to walk you through the process and discuss any design concerns or issues you have before they begin construction.  

Pro: Makes Awkward Angles More Useable

Does your kitchen have that strange, corner that has no purpose?Sometimes, traditional-style floor plans can create awkward spaces that are hard to utilize. Open floor plans can open the space effectively and ensure you are getting the most efficient use  of every inch of your space. 

Additionally, more open space allows you to easily change your home’s layout. Maybe people like to change their decor seasonally and maybe move a few pieces of furniture around. . With an open floor plan, your have that flexibility.

open floor planCon: Privacy is Harder to Find

We all sometimes need a quiet moment to ourselves at times.  . With an open floor plan, this could be harder to find. While you want your children to have fun, they can be noisy and you may want a cozy corner for some respite, without having to retreat to your bedroom. Consider this when thinking about open floor plans and consider creating a space somewhere in your home that can be your personal sanctuary, 

open floor planPro: Better Traffic Flow for Busy Families

Holidays, your children’s team sports and school events,, and family meals all fill your home with exuberance and life. They also fill the house with movement, chaos and traffic jams. Open floor plans allow your busy family to move through the rooms and use the space practically and efficiently. Conversely, a traditional floor plan can feel cramped and prevent everyone from enjoying the space simultaneously.  

Con: More Expensive to Heat and Cool

Another t downside to open floor plans is that they can be challenging when trying  to regulate the temperature in the home. Keeping a larger open area cool in the summer and warm in the winter can be significantly more expensive than in a home with a  traditional floor plan.  While this may not  deter you from choosing an open floor plan, it is something to be aware of.  . You may want to consult with a professional about how to optimize your heating and cooling system for your home. 

Open floor plans can be stunning and inviting to those who love them, but they aren’t for everyone. Consider these pros and cons before making your decision, and be sure to ask your designer and contractor about any concerns/questions you many have.  They are there to help you make these important decisions.