Is an Open Floor Plan Really the Best?

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New construction companies are boasting open floor plans and free-flowing layouts, but is that really the best option for everyone? A recent article by MSN Money got me thinking about the pros and cons to an open floor plan and I've actually talk to several buyers that have been turned off by these types of layouts. So where would an open floor plan not work?

#1. They're just plain expensive.

Because there are no interior walls for support, the surrounding supporting beams must be heavier or made of steel which can greatly increase overall construction cost, even on resale homes.

#2. Less privacy.

Whether you're in the living room, kitchen, dining room, or family room, everyone can see everything and knows what's going on. That may or may not be a good thing for you.

#3. The odors drift.

Chocolate chip cookies being baked is not such a bad smell but if you are having curry night, you may not want those strong, curry odors penetrating your couch for days to come. I'm just saying…

#4. More visible messes.

It's hard to hide anything when it's all one big room. Maybe you don't want your guests to see that pile of dishes right after a big meal, however, everybody will see everything if it's an open concept.

#5. Noise levels can be higher.

The acoustics in an open floor plan can be a nightmare because you'll hear the dishwasher, blender, food processor, big game going on in the living room, etc. Most people just don't want that much noise throughout the house.

#6. Harder to heat.

Huge, open spaces can be a magnet for cold, harsh temperatures.

#7. Left the wall space.

If you are like me, you try to find something for every blank spot on your wall but take down the walls and you simply will have less wall space for artwork or kitschy designs.

#8. Less storage.

Fewer walls also mean you have less space for tables, bookshelves, and anything that you want butted up against the wall.

#9. Modern and contemporary may not be your bag.

The open floor plan is more modern and contemporary but it may not fit with traditional furniture and decorations.

#10. Messes follow you.

Messes can be tracked from room to room and can easily cause messes faster because there are no doors to conceal the mass.

Then again, none of these may be an issue to you and the idea of an open concept trumps all other reasons. Regardless, there are homes that offer both styles in a wide range of layouts.

Whatever your desire is, let me know. I'd love to find you the perfect home throughout Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Indio, and surrounding communities.

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