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Old 03-16-2019, 12:50 PM
 
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Nothing desirous about sitting in the living room and smelling the garlic roast. I hate garlic smells.
I'll take the place where doors can be closed off to save on heat or cooling. These high ceiling great rooms are a waste of air space. I'm waiting for the toilet to randomly be placed near the dining buffet or by the pet alcove.
I don't need to see into every room...from my recliner.
Don't get me started on stairways that are death traps...rails that let you free fall ...into the living..dining, kitchen depending how you bounce...
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Old 03-16-2019, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Nothing desirous about sitting in the living room and smelling the garlic roast. I hate garlic smells.
I'll take the place where doors can be closed off to save on heat or cooling. These high ceiling great rooms are a waste of air space. I'm waiting for the toilet to randomly be placed near the dining buffet or by the pet alcove.
I don't need to see into every room...from my recliner.
Don't get me started on stairways that are death traps...rails that let you free fall ...into the living..dining, kitchen depending how you bounce...
I think this depends on where you live. In this area of Florida, most of the newer homes (meaning the ones built in the past 20 years) have very high ceilings. I believe that while it seems that it would take more energy to cool, the reasoning is that the hot hair will rise to the ceiling, which is many feet above the heads of the occupants. In the middle of our living room, the ceilings are something like 14 feet high; in our kitchen, which is in the front of the house, the ceiling is about 9 feet off the ground. I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure that's why this is done.

I grew up in New England, where the ceilings were probably 8 feet off of the floor. While it never bothered me when I lived there, I now find it a bit claustrophobic when we visit. It's just what you're used to.

I agree with you on the staircase death traps. I live in a ranch-style home, so no stairs to contend with!
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Old 03-16-2019, 01:53 PM
 
Location: equator
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Ever notice that Drew never shows buyers a home that Jonathan can't take down at least one wall?
LOL. Just discovered that show. More photogenic male siblings could not be found!

Used to build houses, so love that show except for some of the whiny homeowners.

I think half-walls define a space, like a kitchen, and can still hide a possible "mess". For smaller square footages, open concept is fantastic. Wouldn't want to give up my ocean view from the kitchen!
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Old 03-16-2019, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Everyone is free to like and buy whatever home they want. I happen to like my open plan. I can see the kids and wife anywhere downstairs. We have a dining room/formal living room, great room, and an eat in kitchen and I see into every room downstairs. If it's a mess, put the dishes in the dishwasher. It it feels crowded, declutter.

If you don't like open, then buy one more traditional. They're all good homes, just get the right one for your lifestyle. Some of you guys just sound flat out hostile over the matter for no reason at all. Golly, it's just a floor plan.
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Old 03-16-2019, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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No chickens are coming home to roost. People who don't like open floor plans are bizarrely invested in trying to convince the people who do like open floor plans that they are wrong.
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Old 03-16-2019, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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I agree with you on the staircase death traps. I live in a ranch-style home, so no stairs to contend with!
OK, I have to see a picture of these staircase death traps. Can anyone post one?
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Old 03-16-2019, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Everyone is free to like and buy whatever home they want. I happen to like my open plan. I can see the kids and wife anywhere downstairs. We have a dining room/formal living room, great room, and an eat in kitchen and I see into every room downstairs. If it's a mess, put the dishes in the dishwasher. It it feels crowded, declutter.

If you don't like open, then buy one more traditional. They're all good homes, just get the right one for your lifestyle. Some of you guys just sound flat out hostile over the matter for no reason at all. Golly, it's just a floor plan.

As I said above, yes, it's just a floor plan unless you want new and you can't afford custom and you have strong preferences that run contrary to what is "in" on HGTV right now. In which case your options are most definitely limited to the lowest common denominator. That might make some folks hostile.
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Old 03-16-2019, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Florida
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OK, I have to see a picture of these staircase death traps. Can anyone post one?
I can't find exactly what I'm thinking of but this is close: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/5c/91...b1569ef3e3.jpg

The person who originally posted about deathtraps might have had something else in mind.
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Old 03-16-2019, 04:52 PM
 
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I still prefer my open concept house....sunlight all over and just feels refreshing to be in. I have no desire for compact rooms.


I have no desire for compact rooms, either, but you can have large separate rooms. I can see how "open concept" is much easier for builders because they don't have to put in many walls!
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:01 PM
 
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I belive the concept began with having the Kitchen open to a large Family Room so those doing the cooking we’re still is sight and contact with the family members that were relaxing, watching TV and pehaps a fire in the fireplace, A good concept.

Beyond that thought, other walls were removed to an extreme which are now called the Open Plan Concept. In my mind, there is a reasonable limit to an open space and the use of walls, half walls and or cabinetry can be used to reasonably separate and define rooms to create a fully functional architecture friendly house, IMO!
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