Open designs are the way to go

Many homeowners are leaning toward open floor plans.

Instead of buying a new home, Denise and Mike Kalesnikoff decided to get everything they wanted by having a custom home built for them in the neighborhood they wanted.

According to Homes and Cottages, the couple had their home put together in a community surrounding the Snow Valley ski resort, just 10 minutes away from Barrie, Ontario. After months of planning and designing with Dendor Fine Homes, they finally had a layout that is ripe with finished space – 6,500 square feet of it.

The six-bedroom house embodies an open design, an ambiance partly achieved through the inclusion of cathedral ceilings and a second floor that overlooks the living room. On the first floor, the kitchen and great room flow into each other with a freestanding, double-sided fireplace as the only thing separating the two rooms.

In addition to bringing the house together through open space, Denise and Mike selected materials for the fireplace, countertops and exterior that could be used in other parts of the house. For instance, the stone used for the freestanding fireplace between the great room and the kitchen is the same stone used on the home's exterior. Additionally, the same granite countertops are used in the kitchen, laundry rooms and pantry.

"People laugh when I tell them I have granite countertops in my laundry room, but we wanted to keep the flow consistent," Mike said.

What's the big deal with open space?
According to HGTV, not many homes have an open floor plan, and knocking a wall down is often suggested by people who are buying a home. This can be especially true in the case of opening the space between the kitchen and dining rooms to expand the cooking area and minimize the dining space.

Open floor plans can also be advantageous for hosting parties and get-togethers because they allow guests to feel less cramped, a benefit that can prove most useful in the kitchen – a place where people tend to gravitate. With an open space between these two rooms, you can even watch your favorite show while you prepare a meal instead of needing an extra television.

Of course, there is the possibility of food smells traveling more easily and the need to clean more often given that messes cannot be hidden in another room. However, these challenges present the opportunity spreading the aroma of gingerbread cookies throughout your home during the holidays or encouraging you to keep up with your household chores.

Posted: 01.20.14
Categories: Building a New Home, Buying a Home, Home Tips
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