what are the benefits of open-plan living?

The open living area seems to be the champion of modern life. It's a standout feature in apg double storey house plans and it's something our customers love. But what exactly makes it so great? Here are our top reasons for choosing open plan living.

Increase your visual space

Imagine standing in the middle of a forest that stretches out for a mile in every direction. Now imagine standing in the middle of a desert that stretches out for a mile in every direction. Which felt bigger?

Without all of the visual obstacles, areas of the exact same size can seem bigger than they would if they were cluttered. By removing the walls between your kitchen, living and dining areas, you open up your entertainment area completely. 

We've all heard of the benefits of decluttering, and how it can help our mind rest when we get home for the day. Think of open-plan living as extreme decluttering.

Breathe easy

Walls are great for trapping in heat, light, noise, moisture and air. Which is why you definitely want them in your bathroom! But, if you're trying to make your home a more pleasant place to live, increasing the circulation of air is an easy way to do that.

This is particularly important in summer, when you want cool air from outside to flow through the home. However, it's just as important in winter, as you don't want any particular room to be dark and dingy.

Take it all in

Light and sight - both things that are improved by opening up your living areas. As we find ourselves firmly in autumn with winter just around the corner, the nights just get longer while the days wither away. It can make for a very gloomy time of year if you don't maximise the amount of light in your home.

With open plan living areas, especially those that open up to alfresco spaces with the use of stacking sliders or bi-fold doors, light is naturally dispersed throughout this integral part of the home. Of course, there are ways to further enhance the effects of natural light, such as mirrors, that really brighten a room up.

Not only will an open floor plan encourage more natural light, and an even easier diffusion of artificial light, but it will also help you to keep an eye on your family.

By creating a hub for family interactions such as movie nights, homework time, family meals and board games, you'll be able to keep an eye on your children. Even during unrelated activities such as cooking dinner and completing schoolwork, a certain level of supervision is achievable.

Spend time with the family

Of course, privacy and seclusion is also important - everyone needs their alone time. This is why many apg double and single storey home designs feature sitting rooms, activity rooms, media rooms and balconies.

But, when you are trying to foster family engagement through joint activities, an open plan living area allows you to bring the whole clan together. Whether you're entertaining the extended family or just mum, dad and the kids, you'll have plenty of room for everyone to relax, and all the amenities you need close at hand.

Bonus point: Furniture placement

There's something very special about open plan living that doesn't get mentioned very often - it's a home decorator's dream. While you have individual bedrooms and some separate entertainment areas to create distinct stylistic impressions, an open floor plan allows you to mould your furniture placement to your every whim.

When you want to throw a party, spread out the lounge suite to create flow. Family board game night? Bring the couches close together and prepare some hot chocolate in the kitchen. By shifting your furniture around you can create a space that is perfectly suited to your needs on any given day.