Upside And Downside Of Open Concept Homes.

Dated: December 5 2020

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An open concept floorplan is highly popular these days. Many people who are looking at homes for sale in Bergen County, New Jersey, are hoping to find the coveted open concept home.
By Todd Wilkinson

An open concept floorplan is a layout with large, open rooms that can be used for multiple purposes. These are especially nice if you do not have a lot of space in the home, to begin with. Open concept homes became popular in the 2000s, but homes built before the 1990s tend to have more separation between rooms. If the home is large, an open concept may not be necessary, since you have more space in each individual room.

While this style of home is quite popular and can be highly beneficial, there are some disadvantages to having a house like this. Here, we will look at the pros and cons of open concept homes.

Pros Of Open Concept Homes

If you have young kids, an open concept home can make it easier to keep an eye on them while you are working on other things, like cooking. You can see them playing in the living room while making dinner, so you are not left wondering what they are getting into.

If you often entertain, an open concept home is going to be ideal.

You can make better use of your space in an open concept. You might not use a formal dining room that is closed off in a separate room, but if it is incorporated into an open concept, you can use that space for something else.

Fewer walls can give you more natural light and often a better view of the yard.

Cons Of Open Concept Homes

The open concept floorplan does not offer as much privacy. If multiple generations or older children live in your home, smaller rooms can help give you a little more privacy than an open-concept home allows. This is especially important in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, with so many people now working from home.

If you have messy kids, smaller rooms will help keep the messes a little more contained. However, on the other side of this coin is that you are more likely to see them with an open concept as they begin making the mess.

If you have a lot of art to display on your walls, you will not have as much space to do so in an open concept home.

You might prefer to have rooms dedicated to certain things, like an office or a home gym. With an open concept home, all of these things blur together; there is no "stay out of my office" when the office is right next to the living room.

Noise travels well in an open concept home. If you work from home, your kids playing in what is technically the next room can interfere with your day, since there is no door you can shut to block out the noise.


These are things to keep in mind when looking at homes for sale in Bergen County, New Jersey. Take the time to decide if the open concept is something that is right for you and your family.

Call the Advocat Group Real Estate when you are looking for the right guidence. When buying your dream home you might have one thing in mind and actually need another thing altogether. Find out if you and us are a good fit for this journey. Call 201-992-1150

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