If you’ve ever watched HGTV, you’ll know that open floor concepts are all the rage.  It looks great on TV, and can be as good in real life.  With the added plus of no stairs and no extra walls, there are tons of benefits for barrier-free living!

 

Customization.  In a walled-off home, you don’t get to choose the size of your living room or dining room.  In an open-concept space, the only limit is your own imagination.  You can set up a 10 foot table to seat the whole family, or install a mega screen for the ultimate entertainment system.  Open-concept living means freeing yourself from the boundaries of ordinary rooms.

Main Floor Laundry.  No one likes marching down the dark stairs to do laundry every week.  It can feel like an obstacle course to maneuver about your home with an overflowing basket.  But when living on one floor, that hazard is a thing of the past.  You can enjoy cleaning your clothes on the main floor without the added stress to your knees and back.

Natural Light.  Open concept spaces truly take advantage of natural light.  Regardless of the size, it only takes a few windows to light up the whole room.  No matter where you are, you’ll be able to look and enjoy the benefits of a bit of sunshine.

Easier Entertaining.  With open spaces, you no longer have to keep disappearing into the kitchen.  Guests can still interact with you while preparing food or setting the table.  Barriers will no longer wall off guests during social events.  The party doesn’t stop when someone gets up for more cheese dip!

No Stairs.  If your knees aren’t as great as they used to be, living without a second floor can be beneficial to your health.  A lack of steps means you don’t have to worry about overextending yourself during the day or falling hazards during the late night trips to the kitchen.  Living barrier-free means getting around with ease, with an all-access pass to everything on a single floor. 

Great for Kids.  Being a parent just got a little bit easier.  In a barrier-free home, you won’t need to worry about keeping a close eye on the kids.  When they decide to play outside, you can watch them from your living room.  And when they sit down for some TV, you can still prepare dinner in the kitchen.  Being barrier-free also means more safety for your grandchildren.  Without the sharp corners and turns of a walled home, your grandkids are more free to run around.

Ready for more space?  Contact us today, or browse our floorplans at https://maplewoodhomes.com/floorplans/.  Better yet, come visit our barrier-free model home at 10510 Richfield Lane Allendale, MI 49401.

Sources:

https://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/living-and-dining-rooms/open-concept–the-pros-and-cons-pictures https://saterdesign.com/blogs/news/117365511-5-advantages-to-having-an-open-floor-plan-in-your-hom e https://www.mymilestone.com/blog/open-concept-homes-7-benefits/