Open vs. Closed-Concept Plans — Part 2

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If you plan to buy a home, renovate your current property, or start entirely from scratch with a new build, you’ll have some significant design choices to make. Given that interior design influences every aspect of the function and aesthetic of your living space, it may seem like a lot of pressure to decide what works best for your needs and preferences. But don’t worry, that’s why we’re here!

Last month, we kicked off our new blog series covering the classic design debate — which is better: open or closed-concept floor plans? We started by exploring the ins and outs of open concept designs, so now we’ll introduce you to the world of closed-concept interiors. Once you’re familiar with both options, you’ll be one step closer to making an informed decision about which one aligns best with your values. 

What is a closed-concept design?

closed-concept floor plan is a nod to the more traditional home designs, which feature multiple enclosed rooms within a space rather than having one open, multifunctional area. Typically, closed-concept designs prioritize privacy by incorporating more separation between rooms to enhance the functionality of each one. 

Benefits of closed-concept plans

The main upside of having more walls and doors to distinguish between different spaces is the privacy such designs provide. If you’re someone who thrives on quality alone time, having cozy retreats around the house can make closed-concept spaces more appealing, among other benefits such as: 

  • Sound-proofing. Closed-concept floor plans allow for not just more privacy but some extra peace and quiet, too. Having an office you can escape to when things get noisy is a necessity for those who work or study from home — especially if you don’t live alone! 

  • Saves energy. Think about it this way — if you’re trying to heat up or cool down an entire home, as is required for open-concept plans, it takes a lot more energy. Closed-concept designs may make your home seem less spacious, but you’ll gain individualized temperature control options to save energy or accommodate different environmental preferences. 

  • Tidy appearance. It can be a bit easier to maintain the clean appearance of a closed-concept home because you can close the door to any messier rooms if you don’t have time to clean everything. Having one thing out of place isn’t going to throw off the tidiness of a closed-concept home the way it might for open-concept places.

  • Interior design flexibility. If you have eclectic tastes or live with someone whose style preferences contrast with yours, closed-concept plans offer some extra leeway for blending different decorating ideas. Open-concept 

Limitations of closed-concept plans

Like anything, closed-concept plans are not the ideal choice for every home, person, or family. Here are a few disadvantages to consider before opting for a closed floor plan:

  • Reduced accessibility. Closed-concept homes are not as easily accessible as open-concept ones, which can present a challenge if you like to entertain groups of guests and mingle with everyone. Closed floor plans are great for privacy, but they can create obstacles and barriers for connection with others in the house. 

  • Less spacious feel. Unfortunately, the added walls and doors take up some space you’d otherwise avoid with open-concept plans. Having your home split into several separate rooms can make the place seem smaller as you do lose some square footage with classic closed-concept designs. 

  • Decreased natural light. When it comes to closed-concept homes, more walls = less light by virtue of blocking sunlight from the main windows that brighten up open-concept properties. You’ll likely want to build in more windows, if possible, or otherwise invest in some lamps and light fixtures to brighten up each room as needed. 

For all their faults, closed-concept plans are a true classic in home design. Closed-concept homes can be a perfect choice for those trying to accommodate several different personalities and preferences that require separate rooms for independent purposes. 

Now that you’ve learned about both closed and open-concept homes, we hope you’ll feel more equipped to decide which is the best for you! 

Eager to view some open or closed-concept properties in person to get a better feel for your preference? Hire a Garman Group REALTOR® today for access to Victoria’s most exclusive properties!