Whether you’re on the hunt for a new home this summer, or looking to remodel to sell, keep in mind how floor plan affects the feel and livability of your home. In a smaller house, an open floor plan might be the upgrade it needs to really stand out. By considering your options and weighing the pros and cons of an open floor plan, you can figure out if it would be the best option for your lifestyle and budget.
So what is an open floor plan exactly? The open floor plan combines multiple rooms into one greater area, and is most commonly used to refer to spaces that combine the kitchen with the living and/or dining rooms. Open designs offer a range of benefits for homeowners and can completely change the atmosphere of a house. Most new homes feature more open designs, and many people remodeling older homes are choosing to open up their homes floor plans too.
Open Floor Plans Are Great for Entertaining
Imagine that your friends and family are over for dinner. A few people are enjoying drinks and appetizers on the couch, while others are hanging out in the kitchen helping you cook. Everyone is laughing and talking, and regardless of whether they’re in the kitchen or living room, they’re all in the same common space together. This is the open and social atmosphere that the open design concept facilitates.
Without this common open space, those working away in the kitchen are detached from the rest of the group, and are left out of all the fun. When entertaining friends and family it’s important that the group doesn’t feel divided. But without a division between the kitchen and entertaining spaces, everyone is a part of the party!
When remodeling old homes, we often find that they just don’t feel as inviting as they potentially could. By opening up multiple confined rooms, we can create a more welcoming space for entertaining guests and hanging out. We’ve remodeled several homes to create open floor plans, because we know how important having a comfortable space to entertain guests is for homeowners.
Open Floor Plans Are Great for Families
If you’re a parent, you know the struggle of trying to cook dinner or pack lunches, while also keeping an eye on your kids. An enclosed kitchen separates you, while an open floor plan lets you work while they play in the same room. It also helps busy families get the most out of their time at home together. For families always on the go, every moment under the same roof is precious and it allows everyone to spend as much time together as possible.
Open Floor Plans Are Great for Small Houses and Budgets
Buying a house but constrained by your budget? Or looking for a way to improve the value of your small home? Open floor plans can make houses with less square footage feel and look bigger than they are. Smaller homes with a lot of tiny rooms can feel cramped and dark. By opening up the space, you allow increased light to create a more breathable space. The bigger it feels, the more comfortable you’ll be.
If you’re house hunting on a budget, your choices may be narrowed down to homes that have less square footage than you’d like. If you find a house with a more open design, you’ll feel like your getting way more bang for your buck. The versatility that an open floor plan allows will mean you can transform and arrange it into your perfect abode.
Trying to sell a smaller home can be tough and discouraging, especially when you’re house feels small and uninviting. By creating the illusion of more space you’ll make your home more appealing to potential buyers. Since open floor plans allow versatility in furniture arrangement and use of the space, potential buyers can imagine how they would decorate and adapt the open space to fit their needs.
Open Floor Plans Can Increase Natural Light
An open design can make your home perfect for entertaining and being with family, and it can also change the atmosphere by increasing natural light and reducing the need for overhead lighting and lamps. In a state like Colorado, where we get sun almost every day of the year, an open design allows for more natural light to stream in and be spread throughout your living space. If you’re looking for a way to cut back on your electricity usage, the open floor plan might help. And if designed right, an open floor plan can increase ventilation and the flow of air throughout your home.
It is important to note that it could impact how you heat and cool your home. If you rely on air conditioning in summer or heating in the winter, your heating and cooling system will have to heat or cool the entire space instead of being controlled room by room. On the other hand, if you don’t use heating or cooling systems, the impact of proper ventilation from the open design could help cool your home in the summer.
It Might Not Be for Everyone
Open floor plans are great for entertaining and getting the most out of family time and square footage, but there are some other things to consider. Open spaces mean messes aren’t contained to and hidden in just one room, and privacy may become more limited as walls come down. Noise will also travel more in an open space, and you may lose some precious wall space for your artwork. These downsides to the open floor plan shouldn’t be ignored, but by figuring out exactly what you need and want from your space, you can decide if an open design is right for you.
Open floor plans are on the rise, and they are an awesome way to update a home. We know that not every house is optimal for an open design, and that it won’t fit perfectly for every homeowner’s needs. We offer a variety of houses with different types of floor plans, and if you are interested in an open design, we’ll be sure to help you find the one that fits you best.
Check out some of the homes that we’ve renovated with this open design in mind!