Open floor plans have been extremely popular in new homes, and for homeowners who are remodeling their current homes. Per National Association of Home Builders, 84 percent of new single homes have full or partial layouts and plans.
There are Pros and Cons in renovating your home to an open floor plan. Before knocking your walls done, consider the following to decide what is right for you.
- Open floor plan will make your home/ space feel bigger because you eliminate unused space.
- You will get more light through the home with the openness of the plan.
- Open floor plan makes it easy to gather around and socialize putting all in one space.
- The plan brings flexibility to home design without having to make a major architectural change.
- Smell from cooking and heat can travel and be more present. Food smell can linger around.
- Open floor plan means less private and noisy. You will notice it may be noisier due to lack of walls.
- Open floor plan mean you can’t hide things. You need to be tidy as less space to hide a mess.
- The style is popular now. Though the trend does not look like it will fade away any time soon, all styles could change over time.
Source: Realtor Magazine/ NAR