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Open Floor Plans vs. Traditional Layouts

Open floor plans utilize minimal walls to create a larger space that feels larger and can be arranged much more flexibly to suit your unique preferences. This makes them an appealing alternative to traditional layouts that divide your space into clearly defined rooms. Here are some of the most important things to know when deciding whether an open floor plan or traditional layout is better for you and your family!

Pros and Cons of Open Floor Plans 

Open floor plans naturally create a more spacious appearance, which can make the interior of your home appear larger. This can be an excellent solution for strategically creating a larger-looking space without the added expense of building a larger home while providing more flexibility to arrange your space in a wider range of ways. Rather than being limited to pre-determined rooms (and sizes), open floor plans allow you to set up each "room" in a creative way that works for your family. You might create a hybrid bathroom/laundry area, create a space that is specifically dedicated to a specific activity within your living area, or more strategically organize your kitchen to make the most of the space you have available for each stage of the food preparation, cooking, and dining process. These perks can make a significant difference in maximizing your space while improving sight lines. 

However, it is important to remember that removing walls naturally removes privacy. For this reason, larger families may have a more difficult time feeling relaxed and at home in spaces with open floor plans. Not having specific living spaces clearly defined may also be a disadvantage for some homeowners. 

Pros and Cons of Traditional Layouts 

Traditional layouts may not be as innovative as open floor plans, but having defined rooms offers significantly more privacy. With this option, family members can more easily spread out for some time to themselves when not enjoying activities as a family. Many families also find it easier to stay organized when each item belongs in a specific room, rather than trying to keep areas separate in a large open space.

However, divided rooms can also feel more closed off and make your overall space seem smaller. These homes also tend to let a limited amount of natural light in compared to homes with open floor plans because various areas do not have the opportunity to share the light from most of your windows, making your home appear less welcoming and spacious. 

Factors to Consider When Choosing Between Open Floor Plans and Traditional Layouts 

The best type of floor plan for your space is largely a personal choice, and there are several factors to consider when deciding which option is likely to make your home feel the most like home. Some of the most important concepts that may impact which type of floor plan will work best for you and your family include: 

  • How your overall lifestyle and family dynamics impact the reasonableness of spending a significant amount of time in the same room

  • The design and architectural style of the rest of your home

  • Other individual needs and personal preferences 

Elevate Your Lifestyle With Brandl Anderson Homes' Floor Plan Options

At Brandl Anderson Homes, we are here to help you evaluate your options and choose a layout that is a good fit for your lifestyle and the design of the rest of your home. Whether you prefer the simplicity of a traditional floor plan or are interested in exploring the benefits of a more modern open layout, chances are at least one of our designs is a good fit for you. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of each type of layout or to get started!  

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