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Should You Choose an Open or Closed Floor Plan?

The open floor plan has been a staple of contemporary homes for over half a century. Driven by casual lifestyles and a desire for convenience, the familiar kitchen-living-dining combination has dominated home design ever since gaining popularity in the 1950s. 

But as with so many aspects of our lives, COVID-19 has some homeowners seeking out the more closed-off spaces that were common before World War II. Today’s families need practical, flexible floor plans that let parents and children each have their own respective spaces to work and learn. Building and real estate experts are speculating that these trends may continue even as life returns to a pre-pandemic way of life. 

Whether you’re planning a new build or remodel, you may be unsure of whether to go with an open or closed floor plan — or a mix of both. To help you decide, let’s review some of the pros and cons of each.

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