Whether looking for a new home or revamping a current residence, home owners continue to be drawn to the feelings of open floor plans. Their spaciousness and easy flow are welcoming for families and guest alike.
Why are open floor plans popular?
Pioneered in the early 20th century, open floor plans remain popular today. According to a recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders, 70 percent of buyers want a kitchen-family room area that is either completely or partially open. Thirty-two percent want a completely open layout.
Owners building new home plans, and even those who are remodeling are choosing to open things up. Fourty-percent of builders and remodeler's projects involve keeping main floors open. Omitting interior walls entirely or using countertops, cut-throughs or archways rather than full walls, define areas in a more open way.
Floors plans with few or no interior walls between areas for cooking and entertaining allow homeowners to chat with guests. Open floor plans also enables parents to keep an eye on children from different areas. Open floor plans not only maximize space and flow, they optimize natural light. Windows serve more than their immediate area by illuminating the entire space.
With the increasing focus on accessible design, open floor plans meet another of today’s needs, Fewer doorways make it easier to navigate in a wheelchair or with a stroller. Do you love open floor plans, or do you prefer a more traditional home plan design? Share your thoughts with us!