Open floor plans have grown in popularity over the past century, for many it is a requirement when purchasing a new home or a possibility if remodeling a fixer upper. So what is an open floor plan? An open floor plan consists of two or more traditional spaces joined together to form a grand space, typically spaces such as the living and dining room. Where you would traditionally see a wall or door dividing these spaces making them closed off and small, an open concept creates a much larger space by removing barriers. An open floor plan's primary objective is to join common spaces in your home to create a larger communal space. Homeowners love the aesthetic created by open floor plans for their smooth flow from room to room along with the extended space each room offers. There are a variety of benefits that come from having an open floor plan in your home, here are the top 7 reasons homeowners love open floor plans.
Hosting dinner parties or having the entire family over during the holidays can be overwhelming, especially as the host with everyone pulling you different directions. An open floor plan can aid in the chaos by creating a seamless flow from the kitchen to the living or dining room. Eliminating the walls in between these spaces you are able to be in three different places at once, which makes hosting a breeze! This layout has become increasingly popular because it makes entertaining family and friends enjoyable and easy. Improved entertainment settings is one of the biggest reasons why homeowners love open floor plans.
2. Increased Value
When looking to build the home of your dreams or deciding on a fixer upper project, an open floor plan should be in your consideration. An open floor plan will increase your home's value in the future by adding functional square footage which is what many home buyers are looking for. Modern homes typically feature open concept kitchens creating a desirable floor plan for resell as well as improving the homes livability.
3. Light & Flow
Light can flow from room to room easier with open space and removed walls. The shared light from various light fixtures enhances the ambiance and makes the rooms feel warmer. Along with shared light from fixtures, natural window lighting will carry throughout the rooms during the day. If you are building a new home, take the number of windows into account allowing for maximum natural lighting throughout this open space. Natural light has been proven to increase productivity, aid in sleep, and improve overall mood. The right light fixtures are important in determining how light carries throughout your open space. Having an open floor plan is not only beneficial when hosting guests, it can improve day to day living as well. Life can be chaotic with little ones or pets running around, building a home with fewer barriers can help relieve some of the disorder and allow for improved sight in multiple rooms at once. Open floor plans allow for better flow in your home and can relieve some day-to-day stress as well.
4. Focal Point Kitchen
The kitchen is more than just a place to prepare meals, for many families it’s a place to come together to socialize, eat, and spend quality time together. We view the kitchen as the heart of the home which is why it’s the focal point of an open floor plan. A pro-tip when designing your functional kitchen is the “kitchen triangle” consisting of the stove, refrigerator and sink. You will want the layout of these three items to form a triangle and be appropriate lengths apart to create an aesthetically pleasing kitchen. This layout will not only be pleasing to the eye but it will help improve kitchen use by creating a functional space when multiple people are using the kitchen at once.
5. Modern Style
You’ll notice that modern homes tend to have large or open common areas. Modern homes are great for growing families because of the amount of space it provides in the areas families spend the most time in. Many open floor plans connect the living room and kitchen, perfect for those busy parents that are usually multitasking. Parents can cook dinner while keeping an eye on their children playing. Connecting indoor and outdoor spaces has also become popular, this feature typically showcases large windows and doors merging multiple areas of the home.
6. Multifunctional Space
An open floor plan can be a great way to add multi-functional spaces to your home. For example a sliding glass door can create a seamless connection between the living room, outdoor patio and backyard. By opening your sliding glass doors you can expand your indoor communal space to the outdoors, giving your home an open and airy feel. This feature will transform your outdoor dinners on the patio by allowing you to continue entertaining while also giving you better mobility from the kitchen to dining space. Open floor plans go hand in hand with those who enjoy entertaining in their homes with family and friends.
7. Larger Common Areas
An open floor plan will make your common areas feel larger. By removing the walls and doors that close off sections of your home, your whole home will feel open and more spacious. Opening up common areas in your home such as the living room and kitchen are crucial to feeling relaxed and content. Most of your time in the home is spent in these rooms so it’s important to make them open allowing yourself and your guests to feel comfortable.
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Open floor plans have grown in popularity over the past couple of years and we expect them to continue being incorporated into new home builds. This layout is popular for a variety of reasons and the benefits associated with open floor plans is why homeowners gravitate towards them. If you are ready to design your dream home and want an open floor plan we are here to help! Please call (435) 228-4702 or fill out the form below to begin building the home of your dreams.