If you're like most people who've recently started exploring their home ownership options, you're probably considering which type of floor plan would work best for you and for other household residents. Like many fledgling homeowners, you may be making your first home purchase because you and your partner have recently started a family or have decided to take that step soon. If so, your home ownership needs will be different from retirees or those who've recently decided to relocate now that their children have grown up and flown the nest.
Those who are in the process of looking for the right home in which to raise their families should strongly consider single family homes that feature an open floor plan. Following are just three reasons why this approach works well for many of those who are raising young families.
You'll be Able to Keep an Eye on the Kids From the Kitchen
Raising kids means spending a considerable amount of time in the kitchen, and if you've got babies, toddlers, or preschoolers in the house, you probably already know that keeping an eye on them in the home is a full-time job in its own right. An open-concept floor plan lets you keep the little ones in your line of sight while they play in the living room as you prepare meals or otherwise work in the kitchen.
You'll Be Able to Engage in Family Activities While Preparing Meals
A kitchen that's closed off from the rest of the home means that whoever is responsible for the majority of meal preparation tasks spends much of their time cut off from the rest of the household. Even if another adult in the family is available to watch the children, whoever's in the kitchen usually misses out while everyone else is watching movies, sporting events, or simply engaged in conversation. An open floor plan lets you be a part of household activities even if you're busy in the kitchen.
You'll Enjoy More Natural Light
Open floor plans allow a significant amount of natural light to enter the home interior from the outside. This will help cut down on utility bills as well as provide a more pleasant environment, especially if your home has lots of windows in the general living area. As an added bonus, you'll enjoy views of the outdoors and be able to keep an eye on your children more easily as they play outside.