The Benefits Of An Open Floor Plan

It’s impossible to watch an HGTV show or read a modern home design blog without hearing about ‘open concepts’ or ‘open floor plans’. It’s a design evolution that has changed the landscape of home building, and family dynamic, and we hope it’s here to stay.

Let’s explore what an open floor plan is, its history, and the unique benefits of an open floor plan.

What is an Open Floor Plan?

An open floor plan is just as its name suggests – one or more large, open rooms that serve multiple functions, in a single living space. These designs allow for more living and functioning space, in the same amount of square footage, making it a useful design for any square footage.

The ‘great room’, the hallmark of modern homes, is one that combines the living room, kitchen, and dining room. It’s a room you see in nearly all modern custom homes and is one of the biggest design changes in the last 20 years.

History of the Open Floor Plan

Pre-WWII, an open floor plan was nearly non-existent. Homes were designed to tailor to the hiecharcal family dynamic, keeping members of the family separate and a rooms function cellularized. The kitchen had its separate space, the dining room had its separate space, the living room had it separate space, and so on.

After the war ended, family dynamic changed and open floor plans began to emerge. The most common change was that of the ‘great room’ (as we mentioned above), which encompassed the kitchen, dining room, and living room.

No longer were families separated by walls and outdated family dynamics. The family could be together and communicate with each other, regardless of what they were doing in the home.

As technological advancements have given way to stronger, more compact structural beams, open floor plans are becoming bigger and more susceptible to customization.

The Benefits of an Open Floor Plan

Natural Light

With the removal of numerous interior walls, your home’s windows will bring in more natural light, creating an ambience only possible with an open floor plan. Additionally, this light will help to brighten up all of the adjoining rooms, with the glow of natural sunlight.

Larger Feel

While open floor plans are advantageous and recommended for any size home, home’s with smaller square footage benefit significantly from an open floor plan. An open concept makes a home feel larger than it actually is and eliminates any possible feelings of claustrophobia or, as some of our clients have said of their previous homes, as if the walls are closing in on them.

Connection

Togetherness: something every family strives to keep paramount in their home. Of all the benefits of an open floor plan, this may be the best. With a seamless flow from room to room, family members have the ability to communicate and interact, regardless of which room they are in.

Better Entertainment

An open floor plan makes entertaining guests easier and more enjoyable.  When cooking or getting drinks, you don’t have to worry about running from room to room to bring out refreshments, or miss out on socializing. Additionally, an open floor plan will alleviate flow from one room to another, eliminating overcrowding.

Makes the ‘Heart of the Home’ the Focal Point

No other floor plan makes the kitchen, the heart of the home, the home’s focal point. This allows you to customize the kitchen in a way that makes it clear that everything else, from your home’s personality to aesthetic, revolves around the kitchen.

It’s clear to see the unmatched, and undeniable,  benefits of an open floor plan. At Verity Homes, we offer all these benefits, and more, with our large selection of customizable floor plans.

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