In the 1950s and 1960s, the majority of homes were built using plans that featured separate, small, and distinct rooms. In this classic stylization, each room served as its own little space and served a distinct function. This began to change in the 1980s, when open floor plans emerged—and they have gained popularity ever since.
What Is an Open Floor Plan?
A home with an open floor plan has one or more large, open rooms that serve a multiplicity of purposes within a single living space. The most common example of this layout is the “great room;” a space that combines the functionality of a kitchen, dining room, and living room in one area. An open floor plan boasts many benefits for homeowners, including:
- Flexible space for entertaining and activities – Combining the functions of dining room, kitchen, and living room into one larger area creates a spacious and welcoming interior.
- Increased natural lighting and views – Removing interior walls allows sunlight from windows to reach throughout the house.
- Encourages social interaction – Open spaces allow the person cleaning or cooking in the kitchen to mingle with people in other spaces, and fosters an atmosphere of shared living, inviting socialization and communication.
Living Spaces Designed for Your Lifestyle
Open floor plans mean more than just the elimination of walls and rooms. Developing an open floor plan with a custom Napa County fine home builder involves creating a space with high livability tailored to your lifestyle. Annadel Builders, Inc. specializes in designing interior spaces personalized to your lifestyle that flow easily, create continuity, and increase functionality throughout your home.
Decades ago, homes were built with the philosophy that each activity required a distinct room—dining rooms for formal meals, kitchens for food preparation, living rooms for relaxing. Today’s modern and fast-paced society lends itself to homes that reflect a multitasking lifestyle. Open floor plans seamlessly blend this concept and allow for a variety of uses in each room, reducing wasted space. The open concept has become a staple of 21st century home design and our Sonoma County builders are experts in architecting and creating gorgeous and functional open floor plan designs. Browse through our recent projects and see some of the open floor plans we have developed, or contact us today to learn about designing your dream home!