Ben­e­fits to open con­cept floor plans

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - COMFORTS OF HOME -

The way a home is de­signed can say a lot of things about it. In fact, many real es­tate pro­fes­sion­als and con­trac­tors can de­ter­mine when a home was built based on the de­sign of its in­te­rior. For ex­am­ple, homes with sunken liv­ing rooms were likely built some­time in the 1960s and 1970s.

Open con­cept liv­ing rooms are one trend that might one day make peo­ple nostal­gic for the early 21st cen­tury. Many of to­day’s home buy­ers want homes with open con­cept floor plans, which can give homes a more spa­cious feel, per­haps even cre­at­ing the il­lu­sion that a home is big­ger than it re­ally is.

Home buy­ers who have never be­fore en­joyed open con­cept floor plans can con­sider these ben­e­fits to these wildly pop­u­lar lay­outs.

En­ter­tain­ment

Many peo­ple who live in homes with open con­cept floor plans cite their con­ve­nience when en­ter­tain­ing as one of their big­gest as­sets. In an open con­cept home, guests don’t have to be cor­ralled into a sin­gle room in the home. In­stead, hosts and their guests can roam freely from room to room be­cause there are no walls di­vid­ing com­mon ar­eas. This can make gath­er­ings feel less cramped than in homes with more tra­di­tional floor plans.

Safety

The safety of open con­cept floor plans may be most ap­pli­ca­ble to par­ents of young chil­dren. Open con­cept floor plans al­low par­ents to keep an eye on their chil­dren while cook­ing din­ner, work­ing from home or tend­ing to other chores around the house. Since there are no walls to di­vide rooms in open con­cept homes, par­ents don’t have to won­der what their cu­ri­ous kids are up to be­cause they can see them at all times.

Flex­i­bil­ity

Open con­cept floor plans give home­own­ers more flex­i­bil­ity. For ex­am­ple, homes with more tra­di­tional floor plans may have des­ig­nated spa­ces for din­ing ar­eas. These spa­ces don’t leave much room to work with and may not be val­ued by home­own­ers who don’t of­ten host din­ners at home. As a re­sult, such rooms may just be wasted square footage. With an open con­cept floor plan, home­own­ers have the flex­i­bil­ity to make din­ing ar­eas as big or small as they see fit and can even ad­just the rooms on the fly on those oc­ca­sions when peo­ple are coming over.

Open con­cept floor plans con­tinue to be pop­u­lar among home buy­ers and might prove to be the most last­ing home de­sign trend of the early 21st cen­tury. Ar­ti­cle cour­tesy of MetroCreative

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