The Pros and Cons of Open Floor Plans

If you’re in the process of building or renovating a home, you’ll have to make a crucial decision: open floor plan or not? While open floor plans are all the rage these days, take time to decide whether or not they’re really for you. There are advantages and disadvantages to a single open space.

Here is a list of pros and cons to help you determine which floor plan works best with your lifestyle preferences.

Are you a serial entertainer?

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Pros: Open floor plans allow fluid movement throughout the home. It’s easy to mingle with guests and keep an eye on their needs, even when you’re in the midst of food preparation and drink mixing.

Cons:  In an open floor plan, kitchens are a focal point, dirty dishes and all. There’s something to be said for galley kitchens when it’s 15-minutes before the guests are due to arrive and it looks like a food fight just took place.

Is your house on the small side?

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Pros: No doubt about it, an open floor plan makes small spaces look larger. Most of our clients with small homes like to de-compartmentalize.

Cons: De-compartmentalizing can mean sacrificing privacy in a smaller space. Bedrooms may be the only private space available.

Light versus sound.

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Pros. An open space allows light to flow freely, which also enhances the spacious quality and can reduce the need for extra windows.

Cons. Sound waves flow more freely as well, which can be a bit chaotic at times.

Not sure which floor plan is best for you? Contact HammerSmith.


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