Pros and Cons of Open-Concept and Traditional Floor Plans

When it comes to home styles, not every prospective homeowner is the same. Some prefer that their living space has an open floor plan, while others prefer a more traditional layout. There is no wrong choice as it is a matter of preference, but there are pros and cons to each.

Accessibility

Open

Do you or any family members have mobility issues? Then this floor plan style might be the right one for you. Typically, there are fewer doorways, making it easier to walk through or maneuver a wheelchair or scooter through. Since the furniture layout is changeable, this allows for more flexibility. Not only that, but nothing is blocking the line of sight between caregivers and the children or the elderly.

Traditional

When it comes to a traditional layout, the hallways may be too narrow. This impedes easy travel if a family member uses a scooter or wheelchair or simply needs wider hallways. In addition, the line of sight may also be impeded.

Aesthetic Appeal

Open

An open floor plan has a more modern and creative feel to it. Not only that, but the rooms feel brighter as there are fewer walls in the way of the light. Since the main living space is one large area, it’s harder to define where each room ends and begins. A decorative item that goes with the style of the living room might clash with the visible style of the dining room.

Traditional

When the living space divides into separate rooms, then the style of each room can be whatever the homeowner prefers, even a different color.

Privacy

Open

When the living space is one large area, there is a distinct lack of privacy. The living space is lacking in doors and walls, which could make it challenging to carry out certain tasks. You may want to go into the kitchen to get away from the activity in the living room but won’t have the alone time you want with an open living space.

Traditional

The traditional floor plan has more doors and walls. This allows for greater privacy and soundproofing. If someone needs to go into the kitchen for a private moment, they can, as there are walls providing privacy.

Space

Open

People have more flexibility with how they use their living space, allowing them to move the furniture how they like. This gives them the ability to move more freely.

Traditional

Alternatively, while walls can make a space feel cozier and warmer, walls can also make the area feel smaller than it is.

Regardless of your living space preferences, there is always a home for you. Grand Homes has more than 30 communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Whether you’re looking for a quiet neighborhood or a community that keeps you busy, Grand Homes has your dream home. Contact us today to ask about our available homes, communities, and designs