The Ideal Layout for Entertaining.
Have you ever noticed the flow of social butterflies at a good party? The easy ability to move from group to group makes for a great shindig. In this way, your social life may even improve with open floor house plans. Designers recommend an open floor plan for those who plan on hosting plenty of social rendezvous.
Foster Relationships with Comfortable Shared Space.
Follow in the footsteps of Steve Jobs – foster interaction through an open floor plan. At the Apple-owned Pixar building, Jobs placed everything important – the mailboxes, the coffee shop, the cafeteria – in an atrium in the center of the building. This brought together employees who wouldn’t otherwise have a reason to meet. Jobs recognized that an open floor plan throws together people in a positive way.
Jobs’ goal was to encourage innovation; if yours is to foster family togetherness, open floor house plans will suit you as well. When you include comfortable shared space in your dream house plans, you encourage mom, dad, and each kiddo to have positive family time.
Spend Less Green.
With less money going toward labor, supplies, and framing (to build all those intervening walls) you might just spend less with an open floor house plan.
Live Large: Make Your Home Seem More Spacious.
With fewer walls, you’ll experience the appearance of more space, since people tend to judge spaciousness according to sight lines. As creatures that first became bipedal to see long distances across grasslands, we tend to feel more comfortable in more open spaces. Put simply, an open floor plan makes any home “live large.”
With a few sturdy pieces of movable furniture, you can turn a great room into nearly any configuration you please. If an extra guest or two drops in for your elegant dinner party, you’ll have the space to accommodate them as long as you have extra chairs. Or, if you need to create a more intimate setting, you can block off a cozy area with Asian-inspired silk screens. An open floor plan offers flexibility of use. It’s much easier to move a few pieces of furniture than it is to move a solid wall.