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Open floor plans are too open

Discussion in 'Home Style and Decor' started by Frances Farmer, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. Frances Farmer

    Frances Farmer TREF Member

    Jun 7, 2012
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    It seems like all newer houses have wide open floor plans. I don't want my company to see my dirty kitchen after dinner, but everything is wide open.
    Does anyone build traditional homes anymore?
     
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  2. Frances Farmer

    Frances Farmer TREF Member

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    I don't want some old colonial house. just some privacy.
     
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  3. Trooper

    Trooper Knows the Ropes

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    U R So right Fran. Sometimes you just want to getaway from stuff witout leaving the house.
     
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  4. Barista

    Barista TREF Member

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    We visited friends in a house, and the whole main floor was open. Well, the kitchen had two walls for the cabinets, and the dining room had an archway wall.
    But it was weird. The ceiling was cathedrel, and very high. And the walls did not go up to the ceiling. When we went up the stairs, you could look down into the rooms, like a model doll house if you lifted the roof off.
    It was strange looking.
    I think I would want more privacy than that.
     
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  5. adele

    adele Knows the Ropes

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    wow. i like open plans, but that sounds too open even for me.
     
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  6. Ronnie

    Ronnie TREF Member

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    I like open living areas. As long as I have a place to get away. Maybe a bonus room or attic or basement, but separate from that open living area.
     
  7. He's got game

    He's got game TREF Member

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    Yeah that is too open. But i can escape to my shop.
     
  8. adele

    adele Knows the Ropes

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    A getaway place under the same roof.
     
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  9. vinod

    vinod TREF Member

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    I love old fashioned house. i have 5 house like this.
     
  10. Johnysam

    Johnysam TREF Guest

    As per my believe a moderation of openness and separation is the best. This means a good flow from room to room accomplished by wide cased openings. Each room is separately defined, but yet somewhat open to the others. This is more a reflection of our casual and family-oriented lifestyles.
     
  11. Kate James

    Kate James TREF Member

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    Kitchen should be separate and different . If you do not want your friends to see your messy kitchen.
     
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  12. NC4ME

    NC4ME TREF Member

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    I agree. Open floor plans can be much too open. We like to cook, and want to keep odors controlled, and keep the mess out of sight for company.
     
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  13. Peaches Delight

    Peaches Delight Knows the Ropes

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    Even the living rooms are wide open to the hall and dining room in too many homes.
    Why bother to have a living room when it is wide open to the family room. They aren't even separate areas any more in many homes.
     
  14. Mike Jaquish

    Mike Jaquish Owner, Realty Arts
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    I hear it all the time. People are not even looking for that separate LR space much of the time anyway.
     
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  15. Morrisville Mark

    Morrisville Mark TREF Member

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    What do people do to sell homes that have a separate formal living room? It seems like they are completely out of style, at least in most of the Triangle market.
     
  16. Chaz

    Chaz TREF Member

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    I think most people will try to sell it as a den, study, music room, library. Anything but the traditional living room.​

    You can see a lot of french doors in homes with living rooms. People close them off for offices too​
     
  17. Jammer

    Jammer TREF Member

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    I guess you could put me in the middle. We bought a house last week. It was hard to find a floor plan we really liked. Some were too open so they did not have defined spaces. But others were so closed off and old fashioned, with doors between all the rooms.
     
  18. Good Wife

    Good Wife TREF Member

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    I like space, but I don't want just anyone to see into my dirty kitchen after I make a mess cooking. :oops:
     
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  19. Morrisville Mark

    Morrisville Mark TREF Member

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    Yeah. We like open, but don't want to feel like we are cooking in the family room.
     
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  20. rahulrobin

    rahulrobin TREF Member

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    I love to live in independent house.
     

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