Tune into any home improvement show today, and you'll notice that open floor plans are the new trend in home remodelling for homeowners and potential buyers. Open floor house plans include a number of various rooms in a single space. Often, the living room, kitchen, and dining room combine to form one spacious area. Large windows and loft ceilings are added into the space making it feel even more spacious. If you're unsure whether to jump on the bandwagon of adding an open floor plan in your home, here are four benefits to help you make up your mind.
A common area
Parents across the country will definitely love an open floor plan. Old stereotypes have children locked in their bedrooms as the mother prepares food in the kitchen. Meanwhile, the father is busy with a newspaper in the living room. Open floor plans allow a spacious common area where the entire family can congregate. Interaction between the family members is likely to occur in a shared space. Parents can help their child with school work while still cooking in the kitchen. In more detached house designs, the children and parents are likely to retreat to their rooms for comfort, thus restricting the potential for positive family interactions.
More natural light
Exposure to sunlight makes anybody feel good. The room is filled with a sense of optimism. Natural light travels across the whole house in open floor home designs. By knocking off those big walls, natural light coming in from the windows lights up the space every day. In the end, less electrical energy will be spent on lighting, translating into lower energy bills.
A sense of spaciousness
Those who reside in houses with open floor plans will agree that open plans add a sense of spaciousness to any home. If your house construction must be confined to a specific size lot due to budget constraints, an open floor design can make your small square footage appear more spacious. Architects and house construction contractors agree that knocking down extraneous walls affords a clear line of sight, giving the same space a sense of airiness.
A large entertainment area
An open floor plan is ideal for those people who like hosting parties and having pals come over to watch football on the weekend. Guests move freely, having conversations with everybody. It creates a smooth flow and stops overcrowding in a single area. If you are hosting the next Thanksgiving, an open floor plan can do wonders for you.
Talk to an architect about drafting an architectural blueprint featuring an open floor plan for your intended home renovation project or house construction.