Open Concept Floor Plan

New Home Construction Trends: Why The Open-Concept Floor Plan Works

An open-concept floor plan combines at least two traditional rooms by leaving out the interior partition walls. These floor plans often join spaces such as the living, dining, and kitchen to create a large room where traffic flows throughout. This popular layout doesn’t mean that all the rooms in the house are in one open area. Rather, it combines the main living spaces into one general area.

The beauty of an open floor plan lies in its ability to enhance natural light, creating an airy and spacious ambiance. Taller ceilings make the rooms feel larger than they really are and allow for a more creative furniture layout. Well-designed open-concept homes feature fluidity between spaces, allowing ease of movement throughout the rooms and making it easy to redesign seating and functionality at any moment. Perhaps most importantly, open-concept floor plans bring people together, creating a living space that is both stylish and welcoming for all.

New Construction Floor Plan Options in Clark County

At Generation Homes Northwest, we are proud to offer beautiful home plans with modern architecture and a focus on natural beauty in Clark County. We design homes to fit lifestyles—all kinds—and if you are interested in an open-concept home, we have many floor plans you’ll love!

In this blog, we delve deeper into the world of open-concept living. Have questions about how to maximize space or create flow in your home? We’ve got you covered. Looking for inspiration to decorate your open-concept space? Stay tuned for creative ideas and design tips. Plus, we’ll share a curated list of some of the most popular open-concept floor plans to help you find the perfect layout for your needs.

Open-concept living offers endless possibilities, whether you’re downsizing or looking to upgrade to a more spacious environment. Join us as we explore the beauty and functionality of open-concept homes and discover how Generation Homes Northwest can bring your vision to life.

Considering an Open-Concept Floor Plan for Your Home?

The Top Ten Benefits of an Open-Concept Home

Open floor plans are versatile, functional, and a design choice that isn’t going away anytime soon! Open floor plans work in every region. Interiors are flexible congregational, and can lend themselves to many different types of style—from modern to farmhouse, boho to classic contemporary.

Here are some additional benefits you can find in an Open Floor plan:

  1. Enhanced Natural Light.  Open floor plans maximize the flow of natural light throughout the space, creating a bright and inviting atmosphere. No longer are you living in small, cramped spaces—vaulted ceilings open the rooms up to bring light in!
  2. Spacious Feel.  By eliminating walls, an open layout gives the illusion of more space, contributing to an expansive and airy feel in the home. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to run through the living room with your kids!
  3. Facilitates Social Interaction. The seamless integration of the kitchen, dining, and living areas promotes easy communication and interaction among family members and guests. Chefs can enjoy watching Netflix alongside their family because no one is left out in an open-concept home.
  4. Versatility. Open floor plans offer versatile spaces that can adapt to various activities, providing flexibility for different needs and occasions. Conversation seating arrangements, art vignettes, game tables, pianos, and music corners are just some of the ways to use an open space.
  5. Your Personal Aesthetics.  The absence of dividing walls means you can make every space your own—and the design can continue on throughout the entire area. Color palettes have a continuation element, which makes open floor plan homes look put together no matter what the chosen decor style is.
  6. Improved Traffic Flow.  Without obstructive barriers, movement within the living space becomes more fluid, enhancing the overall functionality of the home. Entertaining becomes a breeze as guests enjoy freedom of movement from the kitchen into the great room, dining to entry.
  7. Maximizes Views. Open layouts often allow for unobstructed views, connecting the interior with outdoor landscapes and enhancing the overall visual experience. Windows in an open floor plan become very important pieces of architecture—whether you are highlighting an incredible mountain scene, or strategically placing your windows to hide neighbors.
  8.  Family Togetherness. The interconnectedness of spaces fosters a sense of togetherness, encouraging shared experiences and quality family time. Are you thinking of a multi-generational home? Open-concept floor plans are a great place to start when designing a home for a large family.
  9. Higher Resale Value. Open floor plans have become increasingly popular, and their resale value remains strong. When it’s time to sell, the desirability of this type of plan is a major selling point for potential buyers, who are looking for the same flexibility and roominess that attracted you.
  10. Bedrooms Become Quiet Spaces. By creating a hub of activity in the center of the home, bedrooms naturally become places of retreat, rest, and quietude—finally, the very nature of a bedroom!

Disadvantages of Homes With Open Floor Plans

Open-concept floor plans aren’t perfect for every homeowner. Carefully consider your needs for your new home and be aware of the potential drawbacks of an open floor plan.

  1. Difficult to Conceal Clutter. Traditional closed floor plans confine furnishings and accessories to their designated spaces. An open floor plan means open visibility, which can make it more difficult to conceal the clutter that can accompany a busy lifestyle. If you need separate areas to corral specific materials, toys, or furnishings, a closed floor plan may be easier to keep maintained.
  2. Less Wall Space for Art and Decor. An open floor plan means there are fewer walls. While this means you can capitalize on the benefits offered by the large window in an adjoining room, loss of wall space means you’ll have less room to display framed art and photos.
  3. Fewer Load-bearing Walls. Walls do more than separate rooms. They have a strong foundation that helps support your home, which is especially beneficial for two-story home layouts. Construction of a home with an open floor plan requires the use of steel beams and other reinforcements to bear the load of a second floor or even just the roof.
  4. Less Privacy. Walls and doors block sights, sounds, and odors. Open-concept homes that house large families can get very noisy and lack the privacy that everyone needs to feel comfortable. Strong food smells can travel to other rooms since the kitchen in an open floor plan typically lacks boundaries.
  5. Costlier to Cool or Heat. Containing heat or cool air in a single room is easy as long as your home has adequate insulation. An open floor plan requires you to regulate temperatures in larger spaces, which is typically more difficult. Furthermore, separated rooms can have their own temperature control, which could finally end the family temperature debate.
  6. Often Costlier to Build. Partition walls act as a natural support for heavy roof beams or a second floor. Without partition walls, open-concept homes depend on steel or laminated beams for support. These can be costly to purchase and install, driving up the overall price of the home.
Great Room

Open Floor Plan Ideas: Your New Home Inspiration

If this is your first time decorating an open floor plan, you may be a little intimidated by all the possibilities. Don’t be intimidated if you can’t figure out how to set up individual areas within the wide-open space. We’ve rounded up some of the best tips to help you get started and organize your decorating plans.

Think out your activity areas. Open floor plans are a great opportunity to prioritize important parts of your life. If you’ve been longing for a cozy area where you can curl up and read or a spot for family game night, it’s time to create one. Likewise, if you see your great room as a place for kids to play as you all spend time together, remember to leave open areas for movement.

  • Invest in rugs. Rugs are a fantastic way to separate areas visually. They can be used to define seating areas play areas, and separate open pathways from activity areas. Other than being comfy underfoot, rugs are an easy way to add color and pattern while helping ground and pull together your open floor plan’s style.
  • Utilize the light. With no walls to block it, sunlight can flow easily across rooms, creating a new look for traditional furnishings. Take advantage of the opportunity and consider updating design accessories with new colors or finishes. You might be inspired to go lighter and brighter. Another great benefit to a sunnier space? This may be the year to start that plant collection!
  • Go symmetrical. Often, utilizing strong focal points can make it easier to define spaces. Take advantage of creating symmetry in your home by using a focal point like a fireplace to anchor a balanced arrangement of matching chairs or sofas. Focal points can have the same effect with art pieces that mirror each other from each side of the mantle. Just remember – although identical pieces can create a strong and finished look, features such as size, proportion, and color can also help keep things symmetrical.
  • Use paint to delineate areas. Using different colors of wall paint on feature walls, kitchen islands, fireplace surrounds, and behind dining tables can help break up the long stretches a bit. You might want to coordinate these shades with area rugs or other accessories to really set up areas for a strong contrast. By exploring the way that complementary shades and tones work together, you can use paint to define areas without creating jarring transitions.

New Construction Homes: Open Floor Plan FAQs

Are open floor plans a fad?

Open floor plans have existed since the 1950s, so they’re hardly a fad. While these layouts change slightly from decade to decade, the overall design is similar.

Do open floor plans add value to a home?

One of the most popular types of home remodeling involves removing interior walls to create an open floor plan. For many prospective home buyers, investing a little more money in a home with open floor plans means saving money down the road on renovations. Since open floor plans are so popular, their value increases.

Are open floor plans cheaper to build?

Because the lack of weight-bearing partition walls requires heavy-duty beams in their place, the materials costs involved in building open floor plan homes generally make them more costly.

How can I create an entry with an open-concept plan?

Set up the concept of an entry from the outside. Use a strong color element or texture that will carry through to your interior. Inside the front door, use a rug that echoes the color, add accessories, such as a divider or planters, that have the same texture, and use hanging lights to set the entry area apart.

How can I coordinate area rugs with an open plan?

You can create a beautifully flowing space by carrying certain similarities between area rugs. Search for a color that carries throughout your decor, or keep it pulled together with similar woven looks or patterns.

Popular New Construction Open Concept Floor Plans

Generation Homes Northwest has a diverse range of floor plans, so finding your dream home has never been easier. But that’s not all – our experienced team is dedicated to making your vision a reality by offering customizable options to suit your unique needs. From spacious kitchens to flowing living areas, we’ve compiled a curated list of the most sought-after open-concept floor plans available in Clark County.


The Lexington

The Lexington features 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and offers premium features including quartz countertops, fully wrapped and painted windows, a covered patio, and a fully landscaped and fenced yard.

The lovely corner kitchen features a walk-in pantry and an enormous island with bar seating. You’ll find great space in Lexington, which includes a mud room and a separate utility room. The covered entry is a welcoming space to get out of the weather, and the front office/den room is ideal for those working from home—or families who desire that extra area dedicated to quiet concentration.

The Augusta

The Augusta floor plan has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, office, and features a delightfully large kitchen with quartz countertops and an eating bar with an equally inviting great room. The Augusta is a two-level home with a bonus room upstairs—or down—you decide.

The Northwest or Farmhouse elevations personalize this beautiful home. It’s 2834 square feet of elegance with a fully landscaped and fenced yard. You’re sure to fall in love with the Augusta!

The Newport

The Newport is truly one-of-a-kind. If you have a large family or require many bedrooms, the Newport offers big living in a smartly designed home! The kitchen offers a home chef everything they’ve been looking for in a new home—a large island/prep area, tons of counter space, and a walk-through butler’s pantry with additional enclosed pantry space.

The Newport also features a formal dining/living room area, a 3-car garage, and a shop—and prepare to be wowed upstairs. The Newport offers five bedrooms plus a bonus room and upstairs laundry. All this with quartz countertops, fully wrapped and painted windows, and a fully landscaped and fenced yard.

The Trimont

The Trimont boasts a spacious open-concept layout with 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, and a charming loft area.

Enter the heart of the home and discover an open-concept design on the main level, seamlessly connecting the kitchen to the expansive great room-style living area. The kitchen exudes modern convenience, featuring a large island with ample bar seating and a walk-in pantry that ensures organization and efficiency.

Upstairs, a versatile loft space awaits, providing endless possibilities for customization and enjoyment. Nestled near the bedrooms, this area offers additional flexibility for lounging, entertainment, or a quiet retreat.

Planning for Your New Home

Buying a new home is the ideal way to ensure that your home’s layout is optimized for your family’s activities and needs. By thinking about your lifestyle, you can make an informed decision about whether an open floor plan will work for you. Open-concept plans with a versatile, great room are often the way to combine all the best qualities of closed and open design concepts. They’re popular for a reason with plenty of space, luminous rooms, a layout designed for entertaining, and superior resale value.

At Generation Homes Northwest, we understand the importance of finding a floor plan that perfectly suits your needs. Our experienced team is here to guide you through the process, offering expert advice and personalized solutions every step of the way. From initial consultation to final walkthrough, we’ll work closely with you to bring your vision to life, ensuring that every detail reflects your unique lifestyle and preferences.

Whether you’re dreaming of a cozy family retreat or a spacious entertaining hub, let Generation Homes Northwest be your partner in creating the home of your dreams. With our dedication to quality craftsmanship and customer satisfaction, you can trust us to deliver a home that exceeds your expectations and stands the test of time.

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