Open floor plans are too open

Frances Farmer

TREF Member
It seems like all newer houses have wide open floor plans. I don't want my company to see my dirty kitchen after dinner, but everything is wide open.
Does anyone build traditional homes anymore?
 

Trooper

Knows the Ropes
U R So right Fran. Sometimes you just want to getaway from stuff witout leaving the house.
 

Barista

TREF Member
We visited friends in a house, and the whole main floor was open. Well, the kitchen had two walls for the cabinets, and the dining room had an archway wall.
But it was weird. The ceiling was cathedrel, and very high. And the walls did not go up to the ceiling. When we went up the stairs, you could look down into the rooms, like a model doll house if you lifted the roof off.
It was strange looking.
I think I would want more privacy than that.
 

adele

Knows the Ropes
We visited friends in a house, and the whole main floor was open. Well, the kitchen had two walls for the cabinets, and the dining room had an archway wall.
But it was weird. The ceiling was cathedrel, and very high. And the walls did not go up to the ceiling. When we went up the stairs, you could look down into the rooms, like a model doll house if you lifted the roof off.
It was strange looking.
I think I would want more privacy than that.

wow. i like open plans, but that sounds too open even for me.
 

Ronnie

TREF Member
I like open living areas. As long as I have a place to get away. Maybe a bonus room or attic or basement, but separate from that open living area.
 
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Johnysam

TREF Guest
As per my believe a moderation of openness and separation is the best. This means a good flow from room to room accomplished by wide cased openings. Each room is separately defined, but yet somewhat open to the others. This is more a reflection of our casual and family-oriented lifestyles.
 

NC4ME

TREF Member
I agree. Open floor plans can be much too open. We like to cook, and want to keep odors controlled, and keep the mess out of sight for company.
 

Mike Jaquish

Owner, Realty Arts
Staff member
Even the living rooms are wide open to the hall and dining room in too many homes.
Why bother to have a living room when it is wide open to the family room. They aren't even separate areas any more in many homes.

I hear it all the time. People are not even looking for that separate LR space much of the time anyway.
 

Morrisville Mark

TREF Member
What do people do to sell homes that have a separate formal living room? It seems like they are completely out of style, at least in most of the Triangle market.
 

Jammer

TREF Member
I guess you could put me in the middle. We bought a house last week. It was hard to find a floor plan we really liked. Some were too open so they did not have defined spaces. But others were so closed off and old fashioned, with doors between all the rooms.
 
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