Everyone has their own list of “must haves” when designing or renovating their home. For many, “open concept” is at the top of that list and for good reason. Here are just some of the benefits you’ll enjoy with an open floor plan design:
Greater flexibility when it comes time to remodel
Interconnected spaces that encourage togetherness
More natural light
Open sight lines for enhanced child safety
Fewer walls mean more usable space
Ease of entertaining, and more.
But along with this laundry list of pros, there are some pretty convincing cons to consider.
Higher Construction Costs
Because they lack interior weight-bearing walls, open concept homes require heavier wood or steel beams, which can raise constructions costs significantly.
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You want to snuggle up with a good book, your kids are catching up on their favorite show, and your spouse is clanking pots and pans in the kitchen – not exactly the restful afternoon you had envisioned. Enjoying some peace and quite can be a challenge when the entire main living area is wide open.
Meal Prep With a View
Sure, an open concept kitchen, dining area, and living room enables you to be a part of the action while preparing a meal. It also means the kitchen mess remains out in the open while you dine or try to relax after.
Oh, the Aromas!
No matter how good dinner might smell, you may not want that aroma wafting through your entire living space and settling into your upholstered furniture.
Less Efficient Cooking
The sprawling design of open concept kitchens can make for less efficient cooking as the cook needs to take more steps to get from the sink, to the prep area, to the stove, and so on. Though if you’re counting your steps, you may see this as a benefit.
The open sight lines of open concept living enable you to keep a better eye on your small children. But that also means that kitchen hazards like hot pots and pans, sharp objects, and small appliance cords are more accessible to little hands.
An open floor plan can make a home feel spacious and airy. If cozy and quaint is more your cup of tea, this type of design may not be for you.
All the Sights and Sounds
With everyone congregating in an open space, finding a quiet nook to read, make a phone call, or focus on homework can be a challenge. Make sure your home offers plenty of sections off places to enjoy some peace and quiet.
Less Energy Efficient
Large, open concept spaces generally cost more to heat and cool, especially those with vaulted or cathedral ceilings. Plus, such a design doesn’t allow for HVAC zones so you end up heating or cooling the entire area versus only occupied rooms.
Since heating and cooling make up the bulk of a homes’ energy costs, Contact Anthony’s before deciding to knock down walls or making any major changes to your homes’ layout. We’ll present you with workable, budget-conscious ideas on how best to maximize your space without sacrificing indoor comfort.