OPEN FLOOR PLAN PROS AND CONS
THE OPEN FLOOR PLAN HAS BEEN POPULAR SINCE 1990, BUT IS IT STILL A GOOD THING?
For decades, the open floor plan has been one of the biggest trends in residential architecture. The Spruce elaborates, “By the 1990s, open floor plans became almost the norm for new construction, especially in suburban environments, and that trend holds true today.”
By definition, this open floor plan style means that two or more main spaces are shared without the typical dividing walls. There are many pros and cons of the open floor plan home, which we’ll cover below. We’ll also provide our picks for best open floor plan layouts!
Awesome traffic flow. When a space is open and unencumbered by walls and doors to open and close, you can move about the space much more easily.
Great for entertaining. It’s easier to hold conversations and keep an eye on all your party guests with an open floor plan.
Light and bright. More exterior wall coverage means more windows and more light in your open space.
Improved property value. Many sources say that open floor plans increase property values and provide a selling point to potential buyers.
Flexibility. It’s easier to move furniture about and transform your space without being confined by the size of a specific room.
Expensive. Open floor plan spaces are more expensive to heat and cool, and can even be more expensive to construct (heavier and more costly supporting beams).
No privacy. Without dividing walls, there is no privacy or shelter from sound.
Clutter. When a space is multifunctional, there’s more of a variety of items visible, making the space appear more cluttered than a traditional divided space.
OUR FAVORITE OPEN FLOOR PLAN LAYOUTS
Common open floor plan layouts combine the kitchen, dining, and living rooms, though you’re certainly not limited to those spaces.
1| Country Air
In this rustic space, via The House Designers, a kitchen, dining, and living space all flow together, delineated smartly by furniture and ceiling heights. The open and airy concept is expanded by the view of an outdoor seating space.
2| Cozy Cluster
This more square-shaped space feels comfortable and convenient—but not too cluttered—thanks to grouped furniture arrangements and neutral styling. Via The Handmade Home.
3| Mediterranean Marvel