The open concept floor plan, the holy grail of home design…or is it? It may be that walls are coming back into fashion for a variety of reasons. Some of the top home builders in SC are adapting to the current trends and listening to what customers want, and it seems many families are looking for a little more privacy in the form of separate rooms. If you’re in the planning stages of a custom home, consider the pros and cons of the open concept floor plan. 

Pros and Cons of an Open Floor Plan 

  • Pro: Home feels bigger. Perhaps the biggest benefit of the open floor plan is the wide open space. Your home feels larger because it is mostly one large open room with furniture as the only definition between spaces.  
  • Con: Can be noisier. With no walls to separate each room, the noise from the kitchen bleeds into the living room and the noise from the TV drifts into the dining room, etc. It can get especially noisy when entertaining large groups.  
  • Pro: Better air circulation. Air flows easily in an open floor concept, making the HVAC system more efficient.  
  • Con: Less privacy. There’s not much privacy in an open floor plan home, which could be an issue for some families depending on your preferences. A family full of introverts may struggle 
  • Pro: Room for furniture. The open floor plan gives you plenty of options for furniture. Feel free to get the large sectional couch or the dining table that seats 10 or 12.  
  • Con: Kitchen smells spread. When the kitchen is open to the rest of the rooms, the lingering scents from food can spread easily, which may not be pleasant.  
  • Bonus Pro: The View. If you’re building a home with a lake view, an open concept home can offer better sight lines from anywhere in the home. 

Pros and Cons of a Closed Floor Plan  

  • Pro: Noise control. Individual rooms separated by walls and doors can help control noise within your home. Close yourself in the office for peace and quiet while the kids play in the living room.  
  • Con: Rooms feel smaller. You may find that your rooms feel smaller and that your home feels more cramped overall.  
  • Pro: More privacy. Privacy is important to some, especially introverts, who need time to themselves to rest and rejuvenate. Having separate rooms, even in the living areas, makes this possible. 
  • Con: Inhibits air circulation. More walls and closed off rooms can inhibit air flow for your HVAC system, but it isn’t necessarily a problem. Simply open doors whenever possible and be sure your HVAC system is in good working condition.  
  • Pro: Kitchen smells are contained. When the kitchen is more closed off you can keep cooking smells more contained.  
  • Con: Furniture options are more limited. Smaller spaces do limit your furniture choices, but choosing the right pieces can help make smaller rooms seem larger.  
  • Bonus Pro: Resale Benefits. More rooms can look better on paper when it comes to listing your home to sell in the future.  

Customize your Floor Plan with Total Quality, One of the Premier Home Builders in SC 

After considering the pros and cons of open and closed floor plans, you probably have an idea of which style you prefer. One of the biggest advantages of working with a builder to design a custom home is that you and your builder can create a floor plan that works for you. It can be completely open, completely closed off, or some combination of the two. Enjoy the freedom you get when working with one of the most elite custom home builders in SC. Call Total Quality today: (864) 868-5253.  

Thinking of moving to or vacationing in the Lake Keowee area? With so many Lake Keowee homes for sale, there’s likely to be an influx of visitors and new residents. Want to get the inside scoop on shopping, dining, and recreation? Here are some tips from a Lake Keowee local. 

Unique Shopping Opportunities Nearby 

Lake Keowee is convenient to a number of nearby towns and cities for your everyday shopping needs as well as some eclectic shops for your more specific needs and wants. Downtown Seneca is known for Ram Cat Alley, a street that is home to M. Tannery and Sons (featuring furniture, home accessories, gifts, and more), Green Springs (your home for fair trade, all-natural products), The Red Door (home décor, both new and antique), and Loblolly Arts (art gallery). Other nearby retailers offer an additional variety of wares from olive oil and spices to jewelry and even formal wear. Lake Keowee is just minutes from the city of Greenville, home of Haywood Mall, the Shops at Greenridge, and Magnolia Park among many other shopping centers and retail stores. You’ll have no trouble finding enough shopping opportunities to occupy your time. 

A Wide Range of Dining Experiences Await You 

Whether you enjoy fine dining or downhome cooking, you’re sure to find food that will satisfy your taste buds in the Lake Keowee area. One of the best things about living near the water is the ability to take a boat to your favorite restaurant. The Tiki Hut is a restaurant and bar you can get to by boat or by car, with a tropical theme to make you feel like you’re in paradise. If you like fine dining and a view, try The Lighthouse Restaurant where you can see panoramic views of the lake and mountains from inside or out on the patio. When you want great food made with fresh ingredients, just hop over to downtown Seneca and try Beyond the Bull restaurant, known for its preservative-free all-natural cuisine. These are some highlights out of the many wonderful restaurants in the Lake Keowee area.  

Recreational Opportunities Galore 

Lake living offers many options for recreation. Boating, jet skiing, swimming, paddling, fishing, hiking, biking, and much more can be done either on the lake or on the beautiful grounds surrounding Lake Keowee. Various marinas are located at different points on the lake, offering a wide range of boat services. Boat, jet-ski, and other watercraft rentals are available as well to enjoy on a daily or hourly rate. With so many choices, there’s always something to do at Lake Keowee that will suit anyone. 

Lake Keowee Homes for Sale by Total Quality Home Builders and Waterfront Properties 

Now that you know all the great places to shop, eat, and play, you’re ready to search Lake Keowee homes for sale. There are some amazing homes currently available on the beautiful shores of the lake and around the area, as well as ready to build lots with views of the water. Whether you’re looking for an existing home or you wish to build a new custom home, call Total Quality Home Builders and Waterfront Properties today to see what’s available: (864) 868-5253.