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How your home flows is perhaps the most important aspect you need to discuss with your builder when designing your custom home. After all, a home that doesn’t work how you need it to can cause unwanted stress for all who inhabit it. That’s why deciding on the right floorplan will be one of the top priorities of your project. Do you envision yourself in an open, airy oasis, having access to views of virtually every room? Or would you rather have more privacy throughout the home, opting for a more traditional floorplan? Either way, it’s important to consider your needs and choose the plan that works best for you. So, when it comes to open concept vs. traditional, which floorplan is right for your home?

Open Concept Floorplan Benefits

The obvious benefit to an open floorplan is the…well, openness of the space. Not only are you able to catch a glimpse of everything that’s going on in the living, dining and kitchen areas, you’re able to create a contemporary vibe with clean lines, high ceilings and a minimalistic look throughout. Many homeowners choose open concept floorplans, because they like to be aware of what’s going on in the house, which is especially important when you’re entertaining guests. In addition to creating a more modern feel, you’re also able to enjoy more space without all of those walls taking up valuable real estate in your home. Because of the look and ambiance that open concept floorplans bring to the home, it makes this style a favorite for many Southwest Florida homeowners and beyond.

Open Concept Floorplan Limitations

Open concept floorplans also come with their disadvantages, especially when you crave more privacy throughout your home. Some homeowners like having a dedicated space for cooking, relaxing and working without distractions, which can make open concept floorplans too open for their needs. You’ll also notice that noise and aromas tend to permeate the air in open concept homes, so if you’re creating a culinary masterpiece in the kitchen, chances are everyone in the home will be able to smell it too.

Traditional Floorplan Benefits

For some, a traditional floorplan is exactly what they desire, due to the host of benefits that go along with this plan as well, like:

  • More privacy
  • The ability to contain clutter
  • Less noise
  • More design potential

Depending on your needs, a traditional floorplan may work perfectly for your custom home. This is why it’s important to partner with the right builder, so you’re able to design the home that checks the boxes on your wish list.

Traditional Floorplan Limitations

In addition to being considered less modern, traditional floorplans tend to emanate a closed-off feeling, especially if you’re entertaining guests. It may feel cramped with walls up all around you, which can also cause problems if you’re attempting to keep an eye on everything going on in the home. Overall, the design of a traditional floorplan tends to make the home look smaller, as opposed to a large, airy space that open concept floorplans showcase.

We advise you to speak with your builder about your options and work with their team to help you find the right layout that will work for you and your family. When it comes to the ultimate floorplan, you have options, so be sure to take the time and choose wisely.


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