The floor plan of your home has a big impact on budget (for both new construction and home renovations), the aesthetics and ‘feel’ of your house, and which rooms will be used the most. So how do you know which one is right for you?
An open floor plan allows your living space to easily flow from one room to the next. This is especially attractive to families with children, since it means that parents can be cooking dinner in the kitchen while children play together or watch TV in the living room. You can still talk to each other, keep an eye on what the kids are doing, but get things done at the same time. You don’t have to worry about dropping what you are doing to run into a different room and check on everybody every 10 minutes.
A large, open living space also allows you to easily entertain a large gathering, whether it be a party or hosting family for a holiday dinner. People will be able to spread out, yet remain involved in conversations and feel included. Fewer walls also lets more natural light permeate through your open space, helping to reduce utility bills.
A closed floor plan is more traditional, and creates private areas and spaces throughout the home using full walls or even three-quarter walls. Though seemingly less popular in recent home builds, a closed floor plan lends itself to more privacy and less visible messes. If you can shut doors or close off entire rooms, you can shove (or throw, pile, stash…) clutter into one room/area without guests being able to see it. Perhaps you have a lot of artwork or pictures that you want to display? You will need walls for that! In terms of renovating, sticking with a closed floor plan will save you money spent on knocking down walls so that you can spend it on updating other parts of your home.
No matter which route you go, we would love to sit down and talk through all your options for an open or closed floor plan! O'Jennings Home Builders specializes in design-to-build projects. To request your FREE quote today, or to schedule a meeting, give us a call!
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