Today, everybody wants an open concept floor plan for their home. I understand the reasons for this –
- If you’re entertaining, you can be part of the group, if you’re the one in the kitchen.
- Good sight lines when you have children.
- More natural light available.
- In a smaller home, fewer walls mean more usable floor space.
All of those are great reasons to have that open concept layout in a home. Why would you want more walls?
- More rooms offer more privacy.
- Cuts down on the noise level.
- More walls offer more space to hang art (or quilts). 🙂
- Easier to heat or cool smaller areas.
- Less housekeeping needed when unexpected guest drop by.
Those are the logical reasons, and they all sound great. Let’s talk about them. I’ve lived in both kinds of home.
When I was in high school, we lived in an open concept home. Surprised they had them that long ago? 🙂 I suppose it wasn’t a true open concept, but it was darn close. When you came in the front door, you stepped right into the living room and you could see all of the dining room and the majority of the kitchen.
My mother reports, “I had to keep the house clean all the time. All of it! There was no closing doors if one of the rooms were messy. It was all on view – all the time.”
Look at these beautiful homes and imagine them with kids running around, backpacks, homework, dinner prep, a laundry basket, the dog dripping water on the floor, lunch dishes on the table – does it still look so beautiful? (And they are really pretty, huh?) Everything is light and bright, lovely neutral tones, high end finishes and pops of color.
Another thing that bothers me about Open Concept – there is this huge room, with people doing all kinds of things in each part. Some are doing homework, others are watching TV and me … well I’m stuck in the kitchen making sure it’s spotlessly clean. The children can’t concentrate on their homework because of the TV, but where else can they go?
With separate rooms, everyone can do their particular thing without disturbing everyone else. And all your Mom’s, answer me this! How many times have you disappeared into the kitchen to escape for just a minute? If it’s open to everyone, you can’t do that! You’ll have to crouch on the floor like a slinking cat. Those kids could sneak up behind you and scare you to death. I raised kids, they’d do something like that.
I like to have a foyer in my house. Not everybody that knocks on the door is family or friends. Do you really want your insurance agent stepping into the living room when it Jammie Game night? Not me! I lived in a house in Missouri with a great foyer. It was a small room!
It had 3 doors off of it, 4 if you counted the front door. It was big enough to decorate nicely and provide a welcoming scene for any guest. (I had a picture of it, but I can’t find it.)
On Friday, I’ll tell you a story about how those closed rooms probably saved our lives! (I’m not being dramatic!)
What do you think about the Open Concept debate? Do you like Open or Closed?
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