The Pros and Cons of Having an Open Floor Plan Home

A trend that started in the late 1980’s in home interiors is still popular as it was ever. The trend is open floor plan home. This design features an open space with fewer walls limited to the kitchen or bathroom. The bedroom space, dining space and living space blends into a single large space.

It is doubtless that open floor plan is an attractive style of design, but it necessarily may not be suitable for every single person due to its distinct features.

Read the following pros and cons of open floor plan home to assess whether it is right for you or not –

Pros of Having an Open Floor Plan Home

Efficient utilization of available space – Open floor plan design is the perfect solution for homes with small area space. Different areas are blended together in a single flowing space. There are no walls dividing the areas and hence efficient utilization of the available space is ensured.

Reduced construction cost- with an open floor plan, the construction cost is known to reduce largely. The budget for doors, hardware’s, moldings, walls and paint will be reduced. Besides saving on materials, you also get to save on labor to be used for installation of these elements. The savings made can be used to cater for other needs.

Easy home decorating – the home decorating task is definitely an easy job in open floor plan home as you need not select a different color scheme and design for every single room. Selection of a single style or theme completes the task. This is also money saving as the cost of purchasing different paints, blinds, curtains, furniture and artwork will be totally eliminated.

Cons of Having an Open Floor Plan Home

Limited privacy – the privacy in open floor plan home is definitely very less, and you do not get the privilege to enjoy the sole function of a room. As a result, open floor plan home is generally suitable for nuclear families and not for families with a number of family members.

Noise – as open floor plans do not feature walls to separate the areas, noise is allowed to travel from one area to the other. For instance, if you have kitchen area blended with living area, then the noise from the kitchen such as timers going off, sound of the chimney, noise made the dishwasher, etc are assured to disturb when you are occupied with watching television or similar work in the living area.



Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on February 4th, 2011

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