Open floor plans are a popular choice for house plans, as they offer many wonderful features such as the illusion of a larger space, increased natural light as well as fostering a safe, social environment. Seamlessly blending an indoor area into an outdoor area creates a transitional living space that might be a good option for your new home, so let’s investigate some of the reasons why!
The original concept of open-floor plans date back to the 1880s, an innovative concept credited to architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He included an open-floor plan in his Midwestern Prairie Houses in the 1990s, thanks to advancements in centralized heating. Later, open-floor plans made an appearance in the Usonian style of house, which utilizes visual elements that draw together the indoor and outdoor space of the home.
One of the most exciting features offered by many luxury house plans is connecting indoor living spaces with outdoor areas, such as allowing the indoors to open up to an expansive outside veranda. A veranda offers many great benefits such as additional home value, extra space and shelter from the hot sun which could lower your air-conditioning costs. With the use of floor to ceiling glass or using similar flooring inside and out, the barriers separating spaces are eliminated, leaving one large area to live, relax and entertain in.
By excluding extra interior walls, you are opening up the space allowing windows to flood the area with beautiful, natural light as well as offer a stunning view of the landscape surrounding your home.
Opening up the layout creates a large, welcoming area for inviting and entertaining guests at your home. Never be away from the party whilst you’re preparing food and drinks, an open-floor layout lets the conversation carry from the dining area to the kitchen. Whether your guests want to be cozy indoors or relax outside, both areas will blend into one allowing the atmosphere to flow between.
The large area offered by an open-floor plan allows you to easily see a big part of your home from your living area, dining area or kitchen. This is perfect for those with children or planning on children as you can easily keep your eye on them, making sure they are always supervised and safe. When your indoor space combines with your outdoor space, playing outside isn’t a problem when you can always be sure you can see what the kids are up to.
The Sater Design Collection offers open-floor plans plus many more exciting, luxury features to its large range of pre-made home designs. We can customize our existing plans to suit your needs, so if you’re thinking of including an open-floor plan in your new home, browse our house plans or contact us about a custom plan.