Floor Plans: Open vs Closed? Ask Your Custom Home Builder!

Deciding between an open or closed floor plan means that you are carefully deliberating the lifestyle suitable for you and your family in your future home.

Despite the array of options available, preference always supersedes all opinion. It is important to conduct relevant research and have thorough conversations with custom home builders to obtain the appropriate advice regarding your lifestyle and your preferences.

This includes the type of floor plan you select. This decision will no doubt affect the entire layout of your house. Choose wisely.

Whether you are renovating or building, floor plans are extremely influential on the layout, construction and final costs of a building project. But, what is the difference?

In brief, an open floor plan opens up a home creating a flowing and modern environment, while a closed floor plan is more traditional, creating a more private space.

There are both positive and negative factors for each, pending on the circumstance of the space and the potential of its function. It is crucial to weigh out the options when deciding which is best for you and your future home.


ATTN Custom Home Builder: What is an Open Floor Plan?


Open plan living has certainly risen in popularity over recent years and is becoming the preferred choice for many. Is it just a fashionable trend that is going to fade or is it truly a long-standing living design?

Defined by Collins, an open-plan is one “having no or few dividing walls between areas.” This definition basically sums up the overall idea of an open-plan.

Generally areas within the home such as the living room, dining and kitchen are designed in a way where there are minimal walls, creating an open, seamless layout, in turn, creating a communal living space.

Here’s why open plan living may be the perfect choice for your family:


Socialite? Entertainer? This one is for you…


An open plan living design encourages a social and interactive lifestyle for family and friends. Many people choose this particular layout as it promotes a communal and connected living area allowing occupants to become more engaged with each other as they are not blocked off in any way.

These plans are also great for everyday use as family areas can all be in separate yet occupants can still socialise and interact. Mum can be cooking in the kitchen, dad can be watching the footy while the kids are dining. All family members can still connect and share conversations without having to yell over to the next room. This is particularly great for current and future generations as touching base with family and having daily conversations are slowly diminishing.

It is also perfect for families with younger children as parents can conveniently keep an eye out for their children while preparing dinner or getting some after-hours work done.

If your house is an open-house, meaning people are always over, then open plan living is for you. It creates a seamless environment where you can easily host a large number of guests who can socialise all together without having to be split up in different rooms.


Open up your small space


If you are faced with a small living space, a popular solution to counter this issue is to knock down walls and create an open living environment. This creates the allusion of a larger living space creating a rational solution.

More people want to create an airy environment within their living space as it creates a spacious and accessible living area. Your small living space may not feel restrictive with an open plan.

Minimal walls mean more room for furniture and design elements. An open plan space allows for homeowners to add more of their loved furniture pieces in the space.


Indoor-outdoor living is here to stay


Fewer walls equate to more natural sunlight within the home. Open plan living creates an increased amount of light and provides a connection with the outdoors. The concept allows for occupants to experience an outdoor living experience from inside. These designs usually involve alfresco areas and sliding/bi-fold doors which further promote the open-plan living arrangements.

Indoor-outdoor living is a key trend that many home buyers are looking for, along with open plans. Although you may not be currently thinking of it, they may come a time where you are going to sell your house. An open living plan is a popular choice and can boost the value of your home when it comes time to sell.

With every advantage comes a couple of disadvantages. Here are some elements of an open plan that may not be so favourable:

  • Cooking can be a problem with the smell of meals transferring to other rooms. Especially in winter where doors usually remain shut
  • Noise is easily transferred between areas and levels of sound can be disturbing for occupants who are trying to watch TV or conduct work
  • Open plans can also look messy as there are minimal walls to block off areas within the house you may want to hide
  • Privacy is limited with an open plan as closed off areas are minimal


One More Question for Custom Home Builders: What is a Closed Floor Plan?


Closed floor plans are more traditional in the sense that space is divided into separate rooms. These layouts promote more functional and private living spaces. If you are considering a closed floor plan, here are some pros and cons that may help you make the decision.


Need for privacy


Closed floor plans allow occupants to have time to themselves without having to enter their bedroom. With more doors and walls throughout the plan, these designs are beneficial for those who want some more private time. Sound is also controlled as the added walls within the home block off noise travelling from one room to another.


Speciality rooms


More walls and doors mean more rooms. Allowing for specific spaces to be used for certain uses.


Hide your mess


Hide your mess behind the walls. Closed living plans contain mess within certain areas making it easier to hide for your guests arriving at 6 pm.


Reduce costs


Smaller closed off spaces are easier to heat and cool than large ones. Therefore assisting you to save money on your energy bills.

Closed floor plans may not be the choice for everyone. Hallways often become crowded and access from room to room is not as easy as an open floor plan. Here are some other downfalls of these plans:

  • Closed floor plans feel more cramped
  • Spaces aren’t as sociable and family members can feel isolated
  • These plans can lead to more mess as it is easier to hide which leads to occupants becoming lazy. Rather than putting things away, it becomes tempting to close the door on messy rooms!


Custom home builder: Help me choose!


Question Answer
Do you like to socialise and host events? An open floor plan would be the ultimate choice
Spend a lot of time in the kitchen? An open plan allows you to socialise while you cook, while closed plans limit the transfer of smell
Do you prefer small, private spaces? A closed floor plan would be your top choice
Modern or traditional? Closed plan = traditional

Open plan = modern

Do you have young children who make lots of noise? Open floor plans can exaggerate noises while closed plans keep sound in one area

Now that you have a better understanding of the different type of plans, it is time to make the choice.

If you are considering a custom renovation or building, We Build Australia is Sydney’s most trusted custom home builder.

At We Build Australia, we can propose, design and initiate your ultimate house plan. Our custom home builders have years of experience in the construction industry and will understand your needs, delivering a tailor-made solution for your family.

Creating custom designs which suit your unique style, We Build Australia guarantees quality.

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