By Tordis Lovise. Home Plan. Published at Thursday, March 15th, 2018 - 11:22:17 AM.
Losing wall space for your photos and artwork is another good reason to keep a wall intact. Fewer walls also means fewer electrical outlets; concealing wires in a large, open space can be tricky. Finally, if you hate seeing a mess, open-concept living might not be for you, unless you live alone or have roommates who are also neat freaks. Toy chaos or messy kitchens are easily seen in open floor plans. Staying tidy, or at least having proper storage, is key for open-concept living.
Here are ten standout small plans. And while everyone's definition of affordability differs (for example, what's reasonable to build in Tennessee might break the bank in California), these all feature simple footprints and open layouts under 1,500 square feet. And, of course, cool modern exteriors. Vacation Getaway, A contemporary take on a classic A-frame, this simple design will stand out in rustic location. The open living areas step out to a porch, so you can grab your coffee and sip it outside while enjoying the view.
Window Wall Turns Heads, It's hard to believe, but this unique home (plan 923-6) holds a modest 1,098 square feet with a slim (28'6") width. That means that this design would fit well in a narrow city lot, where land can be expensive. A sleeping loft provides room for visitors, while owners get a comfortable suite with a walk-in closet and private bath on the main floor. The eat-in kitchen offers plenty of room for a table to create a casual vibe.
Design Tips for Open Floor Plans. Define spaces with furniture, rugs and lighting. Use Furnishings and Lighting to Define Areas. Carve out separate functional spaces using furniture. For example, place a sofa backed with a console table outside the kitchen to delineate the start of the living room. Further define the living room by placing a rug in the center of that space. Lighting also helps to define different parts of a room. Anchor a dining table with a chandelier, or place a large ceiling fan in the center of the living space.
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