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Choosing between an Open Floor Plan or a Closed Floor Plan.

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Published: 02/14/2018 by Home Pros Guide


Floor plans are an important part of any home renovation. If you’re in the design phase, you’re probably weighing the benefits of open and closed floor plans. An open floor plan can open up your home and create a modern feel where each room flows into the next. In contrast, a closed floor plan has more of a traditional feel and produces private, specialized areas.

What Is an Open Floor Plan?

Houses with open floor plans have one large room that forms a single living space. The most common example of this is a room that combines the kitchen, dining room and living room.

The Benefits of an Open Floor Plan

Make spaces appear larger. Especially good for smaller homes, open concept floor plans can make small areas feel much larger than they actually are.

Create space for plenty of furniture. With minimal walls, there is plenty of space for additional seating.  

Promote everyday living. With an open floor plan, family members can be in separate areas and still interact with each other.

Allow you to keep an eye on the kids. Parents can make sure their kids are safe. While doing other tasks.

Spread natural sunlight. Fewer walls means even the center of your home can benefit from natural sunlight.

What Is a Closed Floor Plan?

Homes built 25 years before were commonly designed with closed floor plans, usually with three-quarters of a wall separating main rooms to make them more functional and separates them into distinct private areas.

The Benefits of a Closed Floor Plan

Private spaces. Occasionally you need time to yourself, and walls and doors are good for that.

Sound control. Doors allow you to limit the sound circulation in your home.

Walls to decorate. Walls enable you to hang artwork and photos throughout your home.

Contained messes. Children are less likely to spread their mess from room to room. Items are kept in one area of your house.

Reduced heating/cooling costs. Since small spaces are easier to heat and cool than large ones.

There’s a lot of things to consider when choosing a floor plan. The key is to make the best use of available space for how you live. Our best advice is to take the time to think about how you can best use your home and the space it provides.