Open floor plans are in. In fact, is is one of the most highly sought after traits in both rentals and for those seeking to purchase real estate.
There is a new trend emerging though. Homeowners who already live in open-concept homes are saying they are staring to miss the walls according to Realtor Magazine.
With an open floor plan, a kitchen, living room, and dining room are often one large open space.
“Buyers are moving away from uninterrupted views,” Loren Larsen, a real estate professional with Compass in Boston, told The Boston Globe about what she is frequently hearing from clients. Her clients, she says, no longer want their kitchen, along with its dirty dishes, on display.
Life can also be too loud in open concept living, says Bob Ernst, president of FBN Construction in the Boston area. The family togetherness that open concepts bred may ultimately be too much togetherness to some homeowners now. Parents find it difficult to watch adult TV programs if their school-age children are not in their rooms, or to conduct a work call in private.
However, some homeowners may be struggling to voice their dislike of the open concept. “The message [of open concept living] is so powerful that to admit you don’t want to live in a house as open as a soccer field is to reveal something shameful,” The Boston Globereports.
What do you think about open floor plans vs. walls?
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