Nov 2018

Open Floor vs Closed Floor Plans

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Many builders in Chennai are knocking down walls, and experimenting with different styles of creating spaces. The open floor layout is one such idea that is seeing quite a number of takers. An open floor plan typically has one large unit, which serves as a living room, dining room and kitchen. A closed floor plan is one, which we conventionally know to be a space that’s divided by walls, to serve different functions.

Here’s what you should consider before deciding on a floor plan for your home.

Available area

The advantage of an open floor plan is that it can make small areas appear bigger. The absence of walls leaves more room for furniture and household items. It also allows for more light and ventilation. A closed floor plan will work in ideal conditions, where the house is spacious and well lit.

Cooking habits

Indian cuisine, being heavy in spices, involves quite a bit of frying and roasting. This can lead to odor lingering in the air and on fabrics, long after the process. This wouldn’t be so much of a problem in closed floor plans, as the areas are cordoned off with walls. If you want to go in for an open kitchen, make sure to get a noise-free exhaust that can push the fumes outside.


If you have a nuclear family, an open layout can help you keep an eye on the kids, as well as interact with them while you work. Throwing parties are great when you have more room to seat your guests. What’s more, the cook doesn’t miss out on the fun! If you don’t like the idea of the kitchen being open, you can go in for partitions in the areas with the cooking range and sink. Still not convinced? Opt for the closed floor design. then!

A lot of the factors that go into taking this decision, comes down to the kind of atmosphere you want. If you value your privacy and me time, go for closed floor plans. If you’re the sort of person who enjoys the company and breezy spaces, the open floor plan just might be your style!

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