The Benefits of Both Open and Closed Floor Plans

You’ve probably heard of open floor plans, but do you really know what they are? As the name suggests, an open floor plan is a layout containing at least a couple of large, open rooms in a single living space that function as separate, multiple rooms. Often, these layouts include a kitchen, dining room, and living room all in one space.

Homes with small square footage can especially benefit from open floor plans, often because they have no choice in their layout options. Large homes have more options, as it relates to creating an open floor plan, because it is easier to combine multiple rooms within a larger space.

So, is this plan right for your home and family? Or would a closed floor plan better suit your needs? Here are some benefits of both floor plans to help you decide.

Benefits of Open Floor Plans
Increased social time. If you are cooking in the kitchen, you don’t have to miss out on the conversations taking place in the living room.

Watch your children. Similarly, you can keep an eye on the kids as you prepare dinner, or complete other household tasks as the kids play in the living room or do homework at the dining table.

Enjoy more light and views. Removing walls brings more sunlight into your rooms as well as provides access to windows for better views of your yard and neighborhood.

Entertain with ease. Even if you’re the chef, you can be a part of the party when guests are over. Serving food from the kitchen to the living room is also simpler.

Benefits of Closed Floor Plans
Increased privacy. With multiple generations often living in the same household, your family members might be on different schedules and doing different things. If everyone needs their space, a closed floor plan might be better suited for you.

Restrain messes to separate rooms. If you have kids, you may want to keep their toys in one room, away from your home’s main living space, with doors that close. Keeping messes contained to their designated rooms is one way to keep your home looking more organized.

Noise stays in its place. With an open floor plan, noise tends to bounce around the large space, spreading throughout your living space. However, the extra walls of a closed floor plan can help keep the excess noise under wraps.

Designated rooms. Separate spaces lend themselves to individual uses, such as kids’ playrooms, home offices, home gyms, etc.
As you can see, both floor plans – open and closed – have benefits. After considering each of these “pros,” you should be able to start making the decision of which plan is right for you.

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