If you’ve been looking at inspiration for your new home online, or visiting homes in person, you may have come across an interesting trend.
While two homes may have the exact same square footage, same number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and any number of other similarities on paper, they may feel extremely different in person. Why? What sets one home apart from another when it feels as though they should be the same?
A major difference may be an open floor plan.
Open floor plans have become popular, especially in new construction. Unlike construction of the past that associated with various areas of the home with separate rooms, open floor plans focus on sectioning off various parts of a floor plan with angles, flooring and decor, rather than 4 walls.
Not All Open Floor Plans are Created Equally
While you may understand the difference and be set on an open floor plan, not all open floor plans are created equally. When designing your new home, or looking for an existing home with an open floor plan, consider the following.
Your Desired Use/Layout
How do you plan on using the open space in your new home? Can you picture ways to use furniture and other decorative options to section off these spaces? Think about what matters most to you, and whether a specific plan will make that possible or not.
Target Traffic Flow
When someone enters your home, or you go about your day, how do you envision the open space being used. Do you want someone sitting at the kitchen island enjoying snacks to be able to watch the television? Are you hoping that you can see the kids play while you work in an office space? How will people move throughout your desired space?
Open floor plans are a great way to keep your family together, to open up various activities to larger groups and to entertain. However, some privacy is still desired. Does the floor plan you have in mind allow for quiet and privacy when needed? Is there a study, office or other space that’s less open than the rest of the home?
A floor plan can be extremely open, but, without the right lighting, it can feel smaller than it should. For this reason, window placement and size, along with built-in lighting should be a top focus. Light makes spaces feel larger, which may be what you’re looking for.
Is an open floor plan right for your needs? Maybe. But, remember, not all open spaces are created equally.
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