Open concept homes have become the standard and most people insist on an open concept when they’re looking for a new home. However, open concept homes have some downsides too that buyers might not realize. When buyers tour an open concept home they see a home that’s bright and open and inviting but they don’t think about the functionality of open concept for a modern family that needs a home that is multifunctional. Here are a few reasons why open concept homes are not right for every buyer and why buyers should consider carefully if an open concept is right for them:
Buyers may have dreams of happy kids playing within view of a parent busily cooking in the kitchen and the family spending lots of quality time together but the reality can be very different. When younger kids are yelling and playing loudly and a parent is trying to cook and older children are trying to do homework all in the same space it can be extremely loud and distracting making it tough for everyone to concentrate.
When you have a great big open room that is being used for many different purposes clutter is a fact of life. Many homeowners find themselves walking from one end of their open concept first floor to the other picking up toys, cleaning up clutter, and constantly trying to keep the space tidy.
They Make It Difficult To Cook
Part of the illusion of an open concept first floor is that everyone can gather in the kitchen while one person is cooking so that a person can still join the party. But the reality is that it’s really difficult to cook when there are people having conversations all around you. And it basically turns the act of cooking into a stage performance with everyone watching the chef stir, chop, and go through all the activities of cooking. Unless the person doing the cooking wants an audience it can be uncomfortable.
There’s No Escaping Kitchen Mess
Kitchens get messy very quickly and when you have an open concept floor plan there is no escaping that mess. Gleaming gorgeous kitchens quickly become dirty and full of dirty dishes and pots and pans and there is no way to avoid them. Keeping the kitchen tidy and clean can be a never-ending chore, especially if there are a lot of kids in the household. Cooking three meals a day, getting snacks for the kids, and cleaning constantly can make it feel like kitchen maintenance is a full-time job.
Open concept kitchen looks great on a house tour but you should always encourage buyers to think about their lifestyle when deciding if an open concept floor plan is right for them.