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Reasons to Consider an Open Floor Plan

The benefits of open-floor plans are nearly endless: convenience while entertaining or enjoying family life, the illusion of more space, and an abundance of natural light. The flow and functionality of an open floor plan bring your family together in unexpected ways that matter most. Here are four reasons to consider an open floor plan as you design or renovate your dream home:

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1. Love Family Life

Living with fewer barriers from room to room not only increases the flow of your home but also eases some of the stresses of daily life. Family life can be chaotic at times, especially with little ones running about. Building a home with fewer barriers in the communal spaces offers a great vantage point. Whether you are cooking in the kitchen or reading in your great room you always have a good view of your children.

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2. Host Guests with Ease

For those who enjoy hosting, the open floor plan makes entertaining family and friends enjoyable and easy. It can be overwhelming to host a dinner party or Thanksgiving but with an open floor plan, you can be in three different spaces at once. From the kitchen, you have a view of the activity in the great room, and from the great room, you can keep an eye on dinner, all while conversing with your guests.

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3. Create the Illusion of More Space

While having an open floor plan is convenient while hosting guests, daily living is paramount. Walls and doors divide your home into parts and often make a home feel boxed in, whereas open floor plans give your home the illusion of more space. Opening up the common spaces creates a relaxed and roomy atmosphere in your home. The majority of your time is spent in the kitchen and great room anyways, so it’s important to make them open so you and your guests always feel comfortable.

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4. Bring in Natural Beauty

With more open space and fewer barriers, light flows seamlessly from room to room. The shared light from the windows and light fixtures bathes the entire house in a soft glow. Open spaces allow for more windows that bring in natural light throughout the day. Natural light increases productivity, helps you sleep better, and improves your mood. As you design or renovate your custom home, consider creating open spaces with an abundance of windows.

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Renovate or Design an Open-Floor Plan with Gordon James

Our dream homes are architecturally exciting and structurally robust, with elegant interiors and refined exteriors. They are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality and lifestyle needs. The Gordon James team orchestrates the intricate process through which a confluence of people, events, talents, and dreams will produce perfect results – your dream home!

Partner with the professionals at Gordon James in Minnesota to start designing and planning an open floor plan for your dream home. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.