Open floor plans are desired by most homeowners today. However, it wasn’t that long ago that an open floor plan was unheard of.
In our last blog post, we took a look at some of the history of open floor plans and how homes have evolved over the centuries to become the homes of today. In this blog post, we’ll pick up where we left off, and list some of the many wonderful advantages to having an open floor plan.
UrbanLUX Builders is a local custom home builder in San Antonio. Offering our highly-desirable floor plans in the best neighborhoods, our custom homes are for you. Being able to pick out your own amenities cannot be overstated. We invite you to visit one of our neighborhoods near San Antonio today, and contact us to get started!
THE OPEN FLOOR PLANS OF TODAY
When custom home builders say “open floor plan,” the formal definition refers to the blend of formerly separate areas into one larger space, such as the kitchen and dining room now being one room. Since the 1990s, open floor plans have dominated new construction homes, and creating open floor plans has been the reason for many home remodels as well. Open floor plans allow families to be together in the same space and doing separate activities, yet still able to communicate. This is especially important in today’s digital age where so many families are “together,” but they are on their individual devices. If you think of the alternative, each family member alone in their own room (think teenagers here) versus being in the same space, many families opt for the latter option. This leads UrbanLux Builders in San Antonio nicely into some of the many advantages of having an open floor plan in your home
ADVANTAGES OF AN OPEN FLOOR PLAN IN YOUR HOME
Easier to Watch the Kids
This being one of the original reasons for the creation of a desire floor plan, we thought we’d start here. If you ask any new parent of a baby or a toddler, having the ability to cook and work at the kitchen table while keeping an eye on the baby is priceless. As the kids grow, they can begin to roam around your living area from whatever catches their eye, and you can still have the ability to see them.
Intuitively, the fewer walls, the less the natural light from your windows are blocked. Light is important in many ways, to making your home feel cozy to helping with energy bills by warming your home. Also, light makes it easier to see by, and having large windows that let in the light eases the strain on your eyes. Plus, natural light can make your open floor space seem much bigger as well.
Makes Entertaining a Breeze
If you’ve ever been in an adjacent room and tried to talk to someone, you’ll know how hard it is. This is because walls really do block sound waves. This means you either have to talk louder or move to the room the person whom you are speaking to is in. With an open floor plan, such as those built by UrbanLux Builders in San Antonio, you can remain comfortable while still being able to enjoy pleasant conversation with someone without having to scream. Open floor plans also means the cook can be a part of the conversation and doesn’t feel left out with a closed floor plan. People are able to flow from room to room without bumping into each other as well.
Increases Function of Rooms
With an open floor plan, you now have more options to use the room for. For example, you can create a library in the corner of your living room and still have space to be sociable. You can set up a corner as the kids’ play area and still have room to entertain guests. And if you truly need your pool table next to your living room TV, you can do that, too!
Many of us have a need to shuffle our furniture around from time to time after having tired of its location for so long. With an open floor plan, such as those offered by UrbanLUX Builders, custom home builders in San Antonio, you have so many more options. You can move your bookshelves, furniture, kitchen or dining room table, and the kids’ area around as you please.
Better Able To Move Around
Homes can seem claustrophobic if you stay in them for too long a spell. If your home is crowded with guests such as around the holidays or over summer break, you can begin to run into one another constantly as well. With an open floor plan, your entire family will be able to move around easier and your home won’t seem as closed in.
CREATING MEMORIES WITH URBANLUX BUILDERS IN SAN ANTONIO
As you can see, there are many advantages to open floor plans that many people love and want in their home. As a custom home builder in San Antonio, we offer many custom floor plans for you to pick from and to tailor to meet your needs. Our communities boast many options in terms of custom floor plans, from the Monterrey, a two-story home with three bedrooms and two and a half baths to our one-story Pecan townhome that features four bedrooms and three and a half baths. The kitchens are designed to be open to the living room and dining room so you can easily entertain, while cooking and watching the kids.
UrbanLux Builders in San Antonio has been building luxury homes for over two decades. We bring a knowledge and a craftsmanship that is rarely seen in custom home builders. Our homes offer a distinctive character and tons of extras that make them special, unique, and suited to you. When you partner with us as your custom home builder of choice in San Antonio, you can rest easy knowing you are getting a top-notch home that suits you to a T! Contact us today to get started!