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Open Concept vs. Traditional Floor Plans


Open concept seems to be all the rage these days, but there are still homes that prefer a more traditional, closed floor plan. It really depends on the home and your priorities. However, you’ll want to weigh the pros and cons of each while adding family room additions to your Lancaster County home. Consider different elements of your home and how these two plans would suit each of them.


Open Concept Adds More Space; Closed Floor Plan Adds More Color

One of the major benefits to open concept rooms, is the illusion of space. If you have a smaller house or apartment, taking down the walls and allowing rooms to flood into each other helps the overall home feel more spacious. On the other hand, if you love to decorate, you might prefer to leave the walls up. You can hang colorful artwork or create interesting designs with the divisions between rooms.

Open Concepts Are Great for Entertaining; Closed Floor Plans Are Great for Privacy

If you have friends over frequently, you might prefer an open concept that allows you to continue to spend time with them, even while you’re preparing food and they’re watching the movie. This can also be a good plan for families. Moms and Dads can cook dinner, while watching the kids play in the living room. On the other hand, more traditional, closed floor plans are great if you want to get away and have some time to yourself. If you live with roommates and need a space that’s your own, closed floor plans might be the way to go.

Increased Home Value and Reduced Costs

Closed rooms take less energy to heat, cool, and light, so you can save money on your energy bills. It also helps reduce your costs through the home overall, because you won’t need to have the heat going or the lights on in every room. However, open concept plans, because of their popularity, are likely to add more value to your home should you plan to move. So either way, you may be able to reap the benefits of the investment. It just depends on what kind of ROI you want.Know what kind of family room addition you want for your Lancaster County home? Contact MBC Remodeling today for more information or a free quote.


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