Benefits of open plan living.

Open plan living has been on a continual up since the 90’s on the home renovation scene. Let’s have a mini history lesson!

Before WWII, most homes would have a much more basic floor plan, made up of a hallway that branched off into different rooms that served specific purposes, the kitchen was obviously for cooking, the dining room for eating and the living room for… living. This also meant, in times when one was to entertain guests, it was much easier to restrict access to certain rooms too.

One of the biggest benefits to open plan living is the fact that it gives the occupants a chance to all be together. Whether it’s Dad in the kitchen cooking up his famous chilli con carne or the kids in the dining room telling you how you’re supposed to be doing maths nowadays, the whole family is able to be together without necessarily doing the same thing.

This type of layout very much encourages social interaction, with it being far less cramped in the kitchen you might even be able to lure some company (or even help!) into the kitchen whilst you do the dishes. Because of the great opportunity for social interaction in the open spaces, it also inspires families to host or entertain more often.

Another huge benefit is that open plan living can actually add value to your property. It’s much more visually appealing to buyers when you have an open plan property and generally, these properties can go for more money than those made up of lots of individual rooms. This style of layout is just incredibly desirable at the moment and there are no indications that this will change any time soon.

Let there be light! One of our favourite things about a nice big open space, is the amount of light that is free to travel through each of the rooms with no pesky walls in the way disrupting the flow. It also means rooms that are typically towards the back of the house like, the kitchen or dining room, are able to be brought forward by merging them with the front rooms such as the living room.

However, open plan living isn’t for everyone! There’s always a danger that you might not like it or change your mind. That’s why it’s so important to take your time and make sure that you’re positive that opening up your space is the best thing for you. While it’s not impossible for the work to be reversed, it’s such an easily avoided cost if you just take that extra bit of time to really consider the implications of open plan living.

There are a few things that seem to worry some people about opening up their space. The discussion about noise has been thrown around a few times, the thunder of the dishwasher paired with the sizzle of a pan fighting with the volume of the tv in the living room which disturbs the work of the home office pitched up in the dining room. The amount of noise that you’ve built up in your head isn’t always as bad as you might think, the room will be bigger and therefore the sound will have to travel further and by using strategically placed rugs and furnishings, this can really help to reduce the sounds that might be putting you off.

Bearing this in mind, there are a few negatives to an open plan layout, one being the lack of walls which seems very obvious. You will no longer be able to just shut off one space from the other which can lose an element of privacy. Something else that is often forgotten about specifically when making your kitchen open plan, is that with the loss of walls can sometimes mean a loss of storage options. Now that the wall separating the kitchen and dining room has been knocked through, those cupboards that once lived there are having to either be moved or lost completely. It will also mean that some of your white goods appliances have less options for wall space too.

As always, there are two sides to every situation that you need to consider to make sure that you’re making the right decision for you and your home. Just because something is a trend, doesn’t mean you have to go with it!

Made your decision? Open or closed, we’re here for you and if you’re ready to take the next steps and start discussing your project, send us over an email to info@olive-umber.co.uk and one of the team will be more than happy to take you through your options.

If you have a project on the horizon that you’re looking to discuss, please do just drop us an email to info@olive-umber.co.uk and one of our team will be more than happy to take you through the next steps.

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