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Old 03-15-2019, 02:50 PM
 
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I did a thread on this years ago and now the chickens are coming home to roast. I've always HATED open concept homes!

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For decades, Open Concept, and the togetherness-loving, friend-filled lifestyle it was supposed to bring, has been a home buyers’ religion, the one true way to live. Go to Houzz, the home remodeling site, type in “open concept,” and up come 221,569 photos.

But now, experts say, people are starting to openly yearn for walls.

“Buyers are moving away from uninterrupted views,” said Loren Larsen, a real estate agent with Compass, in Boston, who is hearing from clients who don’t want their kitchens — and the dirty dishes — on display.


“The pendulum is swinging back,” said Bob Ernst, president of FBN Construction in Hyde Park. “The reality is that life can be loud.”


The Boston Globe: People in open concept homes are realizing the walls were there for a reason
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Old 03-15-2019, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I think open concept is great for either families with little kids that must be watched during muli-tasking or for people who actually entertain a lot.

Neither one of those things apply to me.

The one thing I do like, tho, is that the kitchen isn't just some U shaped box out of the way of everyone else. Our last home had the kitchen and dining area open to each other, and I liked that. But it was separated from the living space, which was nice.
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Old 03-15-2019, 04:10 PM
 
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I knew this would happen. Everything that's old is new again. I think it will take a while to get back to closed off kitchens but eventually that will be the new rage.
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Old 03-15-2019, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Nobody has told the buyers in my market yet.
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Somewhere.
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I have lived in an open concept home for 15 years and am so tired of the kitchen in the living room. It would be better if the kitchen was squared off to the side, but it isn't. Plus, I will be watching TV and my husband comes downstairs and starts slamming cupboards which is really annoying when I have to mute the TV for a moment and yell at him to shut up. And the "great room" concept. So over it. Which is just a really long big room. Too much space for us who live here. I hope the less open concept takes hold so our next home will not be the same as we have now. If I could afford to, I would build it myself so I can have a say in what I want.
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:50 PM
 
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I did a thread on this years ago and now the chickens are coming home to roast. I've always HATED open concept homes!
Well good thing we live where we can all make choices. And also, I suppose, come online to complain about others' choices.
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Old 03-15-2019, 06:53 PM
 
Location: NC
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The only thing I didn't like about my open concept kitchen/living room was that there was no backsplash on the sink, which faced the living room and fantastic mountain views, so I would find water on the hardwoods on the back side of the sink where it had splashed, on the living room side. Every other part was wonderful.
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Old 03-15-2019, 08:12 PM
 
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I have lived in an open concept home for 15 years and am so tired of the kitchen in the living room. It would be better if the kitchen was squared off to the side, but it isn't. Plus, I will be watching TV and my husband comes downstairs and starts slamming cupboards which is really annoying when I have to mute the TV for a moment and yell at him to shut up. And the "great room" concept. So over it. Which is just a really long big room. Too much space for us who live here. I hope the less open concept takes hold so our next home will not be the same as we have now. If I could afford to, I would build it myself so I can have a say in what I want.
Yep loving my galley kitchen.
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Old 03-15-2019, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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The OP quoted from New England realtors/builders. Be careful. New Englanders always liked small, little windows, dark rooms which in my opinion (and I am from there) sucked.
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Old 03-16-2019, 12:09 AM
 
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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.
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