5 Advantages of Open Floor Plans

Submitted by Tim King, President

North Coast Building Industry Association (NCBIA) www.ncbia.com
First of all, the NCBIA wishes you and your family a very happy holiday season!
As a new buyer, you must make many important decisions about your future home.
Depending on the builder you work with, you may need to decide what floor plan works
best for you. Open floor plans have become increasingly popular in recent years.
According to a recent National Association of Home Builders survey, 85 percent of
buyers prefer an open arrangement between the kitchen and the dining room.
There are several advantages to selecting an open floor plan, from taking advantage of
natural light to improving the overall flow of your home. Consider these top five reasons
for choosing an open floor plan in your new home.
Increased social interaction. One of the most significant advantages of an open floor
plan is that it promotes social interaction among occupants. Without walls and doors
separating different areas of a home or common area, people are more likely to
communicate and interact with each other and foster a sense of community and
More natural light. Open floor plans typically have more windows and natural light than
traditional ones, where walls and doors can obscure the light. Open sight lines and
natural light can make the area feel bigger, brighter, and more spacious.
Additional Flexibility. Open floor plans offer more flexibility regarding how
homeowners can utilize space. For example, a large open living area can be used for
various purposes, such as a living room, dining room and play area, all at the same
time.  Furniture can also be moved and repositioned easily to create different room
Improved traffic flow. With fewer walls and obstacles to navigate, open floor plans can
improve traffic flow. Fewer barriers can be especially beneficial in busy areas such as
kitchens, where multiple people may work simultaneously.
Modern aesthetic. Many people prefer the modern and contemporary aesthetic of the
clean lines and minimal clutter that open floor plans provide. Ample storage areas are a
must to maintain this effect.

Finding the right floor plan requires full consideration of a family’s wants and needs and
the pros and cons of each layout. For many, an open floor plan checks all the right
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and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction.

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