Open Floor Plans Remain a Top Pick for Consumers
Whether looking for a new home or revamping a current residence, homeowners continue to be drawn to the feelings of spaciousness, easy flow and welcoming togetherness evoked by open floor plans. Pioneered in the early 20th century, open floor plans remain popular today. Some benefits for those homeowners considering removing the walls of the interior of their home are entertainment, safety, and flexibility. In an open concept home, hosts and their guests can converse easily because no walls are dividing common areas. Open concept floor plans can provide safety by allowing parents to keep an eye on their children while cooking, working and completing other chores around the house. This type of floor plan allows flexibility to make dining areas as big or small as needed and can even adjust the rooms on occasions when entertaining a crowd.
An NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) survey found that 70 percent of buyers want a kitchen-family room area that is either completely or partially open, with 32 percent wanting it completely open. And owners of existing homes are choosing to open things up, too. Remodelers reported that 40 percent of their projects involve opening existing homes’ main floors by removing interior walls entirely or by using countertops, cut-throughs or archways, rather than full walls, to define separate areas in a more open way.
Main floors with few or no interior walls between areas not only maximize space and flow, but they also optimize natural light. Windows serve more than their immediate area, illuminating the entire space. See more of this project below.
With the increasing focus on accessible design, open floor plans meet another of today’s needs— with fewer doorways, they are easier to navigate in a wheelchair or with a stroller.
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