Are Open Concept Homes Going Out of Style?
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I was recently asked by a friend if open concept homes were falling out of favor so i thought I'd talk a little about this.
Most homes built in the 20th century were big boxes with little boxes arranged inside, that were connected with doors and hallways.
In the 1950s and 60s Mid-century architect like Frank Lloyd Wright and Joseph Eichler pioneered the Open Concept. They eliminated the walls that made rooms boxy and opened up rooms that flowed from one to the other without obstruction. Kitchen opens to family room, dining room, living room etc. The pluses...more natural light and ventilation flowing into and through the house; parents can keep an eye on the kids from all areas and it created a better entertaining experience for guests. You know, at a party, people tend to congregate where the food is so if your kitchen is boxed in, it just ruins the flow of the event.
But older tract homes were still being built with the old box concept so there are a lot of homes built in this old style.
Now if you've ever watched an HGTV Home show you know that they usually begin by removing non-structural walls to improve sight lines and get to that open concept, then they get on with the remodelling. I’ve even seen projects where they add steel structural beams above the ceiling in order to remove walls that were structural. Of course this blows up the budget but creates a dramatic effect.
This open concept has extended to outdoor living spaces as homes with outdoor living space are becoming popular in warmer areas of the US (the Southeast and Southwest) where you find outdoor living rooms, outdoor bars and outdoor kitchens complete with high-end appliances, TVs, game consoles and sound systems.
Another interesting trend, as we have moved into the 21st century, is that Americans are not using their living rooms or formal dining rooms as they were originally intended. Although some cultures still use them, many families have begun to re-purpose these areas.
A pool table in the living room or dining room is not an unusual way to use this space.
So I don't see this trend going away anytime soon but rather becoming even more popular than ever!
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