As we all know a home with this type of layout has one or more large, open rooms that function as multiple rooms within a single living space. The most common is a “great room” that combines the kitchen, dining room, and living room in one shared space.
Traditionally, homes built pre-1990s were designed with lots of separate rooms in mind, even though many of these distinct rooms were really only separated by three-quarters of a wall and an open walkway – most often the kitchen, dining room, and living room.
The mindset was that the more rooms a house had, the more attractive, compartmentalized, and functional it was. But designers and homeowners alike started realizing that homes with open floor plan designs could fit more usable living space into the same amount of square footage.
Fast forward 20 years and spacious homes with fewer walls and one-story are more popular than ever.
So here are some of the advantages of living in a one-story open floor house plan.
More social time.
The person cooking or cleaning in the kitchen can converse with people in other rooms.
Keep an eye on the kids.
Great rooms allow parents to cook and do other household duties while their kids play in the same room.
Increase views and natural light.
The removal of interior walls allows sunlight from windows in the exterior walls to permeate throughout the house.
Better for entertaining.
When guests are over you can be part of the group while you cook and serve food at the same time.
Stairs can be dangerous for both elderly, small children, and anyone on a bad day. Did you know that stairway falls are second only to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental injury according to the National Safety Council? This may or may not be an issue for you but it is definitely something to consider.
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