Whether you’re gearing up to build an Asheville custom home or you’re just interested in architecture and design, you may want to learn more about open floorplans. The history of homes has evolved with us, changing to meet our needs. But open floorplans have been in use for centuries! If you’re not familiar with this term, we can elaborate. An open floorplan can look many different ways, but it generally refers to a home space that is designed with large, open spaces as opposed to many, smaller rooms. In this post, we discuss how choosing an open floorplan for your Asheville custom home is a beneficial choice that offers you a lot of options as you grow in your space!
A Little History
As early as the Middle Ages, people’s homes used open floorplans. In fact, people didn’t start building homes with multiple rooms for quite a while, favoring the multi-purpose benefits of this style. In the late 1800s, homes started having smaller rooms with specific uses that could be made private from the larger, more public spaces. After this was popularized, more and more homes were built with walls to enclose different rooms. Later, in the 1900s, several renowned architects were enthusiastic to return to the open floorplan design, combining several living spaces into one such as the living room, kitchen, and dining room. Today, public opinion on open floorplans shifts back and forth from positive to negative, and we certainly understand why for some, this isn’t the ideal home design. With more and more space made public, it is not as easy to tuck away clutter or mess in another room. Additionally, some people argue that it is difficult to focus on one task while in a large space with other people engaging in different activities. Now that we’ve laid out a few of the complaints, we want to follow up with some of the ways you might find open floorplans an advantage!
The Space Itself
From an aesthetic point of view, few home designs are more appealing! An open floorplan takes advantage of bigger rooms which, in turn, let in more natural light. Furthermore, the views of your surroundings are highly increased when spaces are not chopped up into many, smaller rooms. There’s no better way to take advantage of the incredible views outside your Asheville custom home than by opting for a design like this! Add to that, an open floorplan is simply easier to navigate through. When one room holds many purposes, it’s easier to access what you need without walking back and forth to different parts of the home.
This is one of our favorite benefits of this design. When your home is focused on larger, more open rooms, it’s easier for you to bring in versatility to your space. Rearrange as you like, enjoying your home in fresh ways when you’re ready for a change. Then there’s the added benefit of each space being multifunctional. With open space, you can put up screens and create separate areas or open everything up to have a dramatic, big room.
We hope we’ve introduced you to some great reasons to think about utilizing an open floorplan in your Asheville custom home! If you’re looking for more advice about design or are curious to learn more about our work, please feel free to reach out anytime!