Open floor plans are too open

Jun 7, 2012
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Morrisville, NC
#1
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?
 

Trooper

Knows the Ropes
Jun 8, 2012
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Cary, North Carolina
#3
U R So right Fran. Sometimes you just want to getaway from stuff witout leaving the house.
 

Barista

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Jun 8, 2012
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Raleigh
#4
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.
 

adele

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Jun 9, 2012
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Raleigh
#5
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.
wow. i like open plans, but that sounds too open even for me.
 

Ronnie

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Jun 17, 2012
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Around the Triangle
#6
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.
 

adele

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Jun 9, 2012
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Raleigh
#8
A getaway place under the same roof.
 

vinod

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Jul 11, 2012
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#9
I love old fashioned house. i have 5 house like this.
 
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Johnysam

TREF Guest
#10
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.
 

Kate James

TREF Member
Jul 30, 2012
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#11
Kitchen should be separate and different . If you do not want your friends to see your messy kitchen.
 

NC4ME

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Sep 7, 2012
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#12
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.
 

Peaches Delight

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Sep 7, 2012
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#13
I don't want some old colonial house. just some privacy.
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.
 

Mike Jaquish

Owner, Realty Arts
Staff member
Jun 6, 2012
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Cary, North Carolina
RealtyArts.com
#14
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.
I hear it all the time. People are not even looking for that separate LR space much of the time anyway.
 
Sep 7, 2012
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#15
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.
 

Chaz

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Jul 1, 2012
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Durham
#16
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​
 

Jammer

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Jul 1, 2012
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#17
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.
 

Good Wife

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Jul 1, 2012
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Cary
#18
I like space, but I don't want just anyone to see into my dirty kitchen after I make a mess cooking. :oops: