Pros and Cons of Open Concept Homes

Dated: April 6 2022

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So many "makeover" home shows these days focus on open concept homes. If the past two years have taught us anything, it's that open concepts aren't  always the best option. Let's look at some pros and cons of Open Concept Homes.

Pros and Cons of Open Concept Homes

Pros:

A Feeling of Space

Having an "open concept" provides a feeling of space even in a smaller home.  A living space suddenly seems larger when a kitchen and bar area are also visible. A kitchen feels expansive when there are no walls separating it from the living room or dining room. 

Light

Fewer walls means more light flowing into these "open" areas of your home. Natural light from windows can illuminate formerly dark corners in a kitchen when walls are removed. 

Cons:

Lack of Privacy

For some, the open concept means there is very little privacy. If a home office is set up in a dining room and there are no walls between it and the kitchen, it's hard to have a conference call. It's even harder to focus on a large project when others are cooking dinner or chatting over an afternoon snack. 

Lack of Storage

An open concept is great until it impedes the amount of storage you have. When cabinets are removed to create an "open concept" you lose kitchen and dining room storage.  Be sure to consider this before making renovations to create an open concept.  

If you're looking for a new home, consider keeping an open mind when it comes to an open concept! There are several pros and cons to open concept homes. You may find you enjoy the quiet of a separate kitchen or the peacefulness that comes from a dining room that is separate from the living room. 

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