Open-floor plans are extremely popular since the layout generates large, open spaces and minimizes the use of enclosed rooms – walls and doors that have, traditionally, separated the kitchen, living room and dining room are noticeably absent. The end result is a spacious, interactive living area that has a distinctive way of offering family members to be more in touch with one another.
The concept of the open-floor plan is not a new one; in Europe, the idea has been entrenched in much of residential architecture for many years. In the US, it continues to maintain its immense popularity with today's home-buyers for a variety of reasons:
Open-floor designs lend themselves, beautifully, towards how the residents of a home interact with one another. For young parents, being able to watch their children play in the living room while meal preparations are taking place in the kitchen is a huge convenience.
And in a tech age where so many are glued to their electronic devices, open spaces encourage more actual conversation due to unencumbered 'sight-lines' – a term used to describe what can be seen from any given point in the room. Family members can perform different tasks while they share the same space, generating a more-connected feel.
When entertaining takes place, guests are gathered in one large area which is conducive to more engaging and interactive conversation. Open-floor plans are, very much, social spaces that provide prime entertainment capacity. Architect, Christopher Pattey, of the Becker Morgan Group in Dover, Delaware says, “Open-floor plans are one of the most popular requests among home-buyers. It prompts togetherness and signals a more modern lifestyle.”
HGTV is big on promoting the open-space concept, without exception, for all the reasons listed, here. Open-floor plans are, truly, an amenity that home-buyers covet.
Unnecessary walls cause any living space to look even smaller and feel more cramped. Eliminating walls makes way for an airy, spacious feel without adding any additional square footage. It's all about more space to simply live in and enjoy! Psychologically, open-floor plans make a positive impact since people gain a feeling of flowing airiness and openness, which is emotionally uplifting.
The effect of open spaces in newly-constructed homes is very intentional. The entire concept and design is constructed to offer a seamless, visual flow. Viewing a lovely, open-floor design just makes people want to say, “Ahhhh!”
Speaking of positive moods, did you know that natural light actually has the ability to stir positive emotions? When walls are not present, more sunlight from all windows in the open-spaced kitchen, dining area, and living room is allowed to infiltrate throughout the entire main living area. Natural lighting becomes very obvious as soon as one steps into the open area – it serves as an instant, mental picker-upper.
But, can the presence of natural sunlight really affect one's disposition? Though home-buyers probably don't think a whole lot about the positive, psychological impact of natural light, here are some interesting side-notes: The American Journal of Psychiatry tells us: sunlight stimulates endorphins which produce feelings of euphoria and calmness. Natural lighting enhances one's desire to be more productive and has a peaceful effect on our psyches.
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