You might be surprised to learn open plan designs work more effectively in smaller homes and apartments. It's all about privacy. Singles and young marrieds without children can easily maintain privacy in an all-in-one living space. But for a bustling family with children, privacy is key to establishing a sense of separation for all the various activities occurring throughout a day: preparing meals, getting homework done, working on the computer, cleaning house. And what about the dog? Does he get any peace or quiet? You get my point.
It's important to establish what your privacy needs are, and should you opt for a closed plan space or a loft-like feel? How much privacy do you need? Think about the personality of your family and what floor plan would make your living space comfortable, allowing each individual their personal space, but easy access to other family members as desired, if you go for an open space plan. An open floor plan can work well if it is designed with the needs of your family in mind and modified to accommodate how your family interacts with one another. If you decide an open plan space is a good choice for your busy home, Pzazz Building has a few suggestions on how you can achieve a balance between a sense of separateness and openness.