Tuesday January 8, 2013
Chances are, if you are currently shopping for a new home, recently purchased a home, or know someone who has–you have most likely heard someone reference an “open floorplan”. But what exactly is an “open floorplan” and why is it becoming such a popular, and often demanded attribute of a new home?
The starting point on the journey to buying your new home is a floorplan–or just deciding on a feel, layout, and flow that you want your home to have. Two homes of the same square footage can have entirely different feels depending on how the home is broken up. Typically, the more open the space (rather than smaller closed off rooms), the larger the home will feel. This appeals to many as a way to save on the purchase price and going with a floorplan that better utilizes space and is designed for the way we live life in our homes today.
Imagine entertaining, or cooking a meal for family and having view of the rest of the great room downstairs–not closed off in an entirely separate kitchen. Conversations are carried through the kitchen (usually with spacious islands to encourage gathering). Open floorplans are easy to maneuver from room to room–as they are expertly designed to keep in mind the typical routines of today’s homeowners as they move about their homes.
Open floorplans encourage togetherness–but also provide enough space to find a quiet nook to relax on your own and curl up with a good book. Wall placement and window placement are thoughtfully considered to create the perfect balance between closed off and dark, and too open and stark. With an idea of the type of lifestyle you live and the way you plan to use your home and a builder who understands the newest architectural techniques in creating open floorplans–your new home will feel like it was designed specifically with you and your routine in mind.
We asked one of our most experienced home design planners John Farrell, Director of LeanDesign about open floorplans and Charter Living Design:
“At Charter Homes, our we use Living Design Principals of Great Spaces, Natural Light, Sight Lines and Timelessness in every home we design. An open floor plan is able to take advantage of all the principles of LivingDesign. A great example of this is an area we call LifeSpace. LifeSpace combines the Kitchen, Breakfast Area, and Great Room into one large Open Space. This is the heart of the home where the Family gathers to rest, relax, prepare the family meal, work on schoolwork, or just hang out. LifeSpace allows you to enjoy all of these activities in the same area and at the same time.
When spaces are separated, they become rooms that isolate the occupants and while that is important for some spaces, at Charter Homes we want to give the family every chance to enjoy each other even while engaged in your daily activities. Another advantage of the LifeSpace concept is the ability to bring a tremendous amount of Natural Light into this area. With the interior walls removed, we are able to add more windows and allow unobstructed Natural Light to fill the space. Another advantage of our Open Floor Plan Designs is the exceptional sightlines that are created. All of our Open Floor Plan Home Designs have views from the moment you step through the front door. We want you to be drawn into the home with sightlines that are inviting. Corridors with a view of the outdoors are more inviting than ones that end with a wall or door. At Charter Homes we also want our designs to be Timelessness. Timelessness means that all the right pieces in all the right places at a livable scale will ensure that our homes deliver that Special Place for generations.”
Our open floorplans include the signature Charter Homes & Neighborhoods living design principles–that create character in every one of the homes we build.
- Natural Light– Our homes have 20% more windows that are 30% larger than other homes–allowing natural light to brighten your home, and mood!
- Sight Lines– We carefully consider the placement of every architectural element to create a stunning view from every angle in your home.
- Great Spaces– We carefully think about how you will use a room–ensuring you will enjoy more of the space you get in a Charter Home.
- Timelessness– Our homes stand the test of time, we create architectural foundations as authentic and enduring as the people who live in them
Join us next Tuesday for our next blog in our 2013 series–“On Trend with Options: Making a Statement with Backsplashes”