Is an Open Floor Plan Right for You?

Open floor plans, once considered a trend, have become a staple in most contemporary homes and condos. The living room, dining room and kitchen are combined to make one large great room. According to an article in a recent edition of RISMedia’s Housecall, it is essential that one knows the structure of the home/condo before undertaking this major renovation (How to Make an Open Floor Plan Work for You). It is also wise to know not only the benefits of an open floor plan, but how best to accomplish an open concept.

Benefits of an Open Floor Plan

  1. Space – Smaller, cluttered homes can become airier spaces by knocking down a few interior walls. Although the project may seem overwhelming, the average cost is just over $3000. It is vital to have a professional look over the area you wish to demolish. Hire a structural engineer, for about $500. This will save you any future headaches that may come from rebuilds, licenses, fines or structural issues. Once you have a professional’s advice, you will be delighted with how much more space you will have.
  2. Natural Light -More natural light will be filling your home without walls blocking the sunlight. Your new open space will feel much larger and brighter. For even more light, you can install glass doors for about $1600.
  3. Inclusivity – An open floor plan is especially welcome when you are preparing meals. You won’t be closed off from the rest of your home, which will allow you to keep an eye on the kids, pets, etc. More to the point, it is ideal for entertaining. You can still be a part of the party while you are preparing food and drinks.

Open Floor Plans and Storage – The benefits of an open floor plan are obvious, but when it comes to storage, it is far easier to create storage spaces with an open floor plan. A great place to start is with the corners.

  1. Look for corner storage units with shelves and cabinets in order to store your things while still maintaining an open concept. Wall storage units are another option.
  2. Add attractive cabinets and shelving to a large wall and go as far up as the ceiling. This will certainly make your great room appear even larger.
  3. If you have stairs, you can add drawers under them. This can be done for as little as $200.
  4. Opt for convertible furniture. Excellent sources of additional storage that can serve dual purposes are ottomans, benches, coffee tables with built-in storage.

An open floor plan that offers extra space, natural light and social interaction is definitely appealing to buyers. The extra light and airiness will increase the resale value of your home. Be creative. Just remember to consult a professional before undertaking any renovations.

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