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It is important to know what you are looking for when it comes to a home. There are many things that might be important to one person and not important to another. In this article, I will quickly go over the importance of having an open floor plan when looking at potential homes.
An open floor plan is just what it sounds like: The entire space of your house laid out in one large room, or maybe a series of rooms linked together with low walls (think: the kitchen/dining area combined with the living room).
While this might seem like an odd decision, it is actually very beneficial to you and your family. If you are looking for a house and are not looking to upgrade from your current home, then open floor plans might be something you want to consider. Having an “open” living space will make it easier for your children to run around and play without worrying about tripping or knocking over furniture.
It will also make it easier to have guests over or have friends over because now they have an area in which they can play without bothering you. Now, I know what you are thinking. You probably have a vision of the entire house being one giant mess due to the fact that there is no real separation of rooms. Rest assured, this is not the case! Open floor plan homes are generally well designed and contain great furniture so that there is always a “walled off” area for privacy when more space is required.
You do not necessarily have to worry about the entire house being one large space – there is always the bathroom, and of that probably a walk-in closet or two, and another room for more privacy for other activities. These are just some of the reasons why open floor plans are great. They can increase the value of the home, they are more affordable to build, they are easy to clean, and more.
If you are looking for a new home, keep these points in mind. Make sure that you ask the realtor whether or not an open floor plan is possible; it never hurts to ask! If there isn’t one available, consider a renovation on your current house to add one.