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Beswitched Mon 12-Apr-21 11:31:49

I was watching an episode of Location Location at the weekend. A young couple, who were looking for a long-term house in which to raise a family opted for one that was completely open plan downstairs. I just thought "you'll regret that in a few years when one child is trying to practice the piano, another is looking at TV and you and a friend are trying to have a peaceful chat over a cup of tea.

I know open plan makes a house look brighter and spacious, but family living really benefits from separate rooms where people can get away from each other at times.

Yet Kirstie, in particular , is constantly urging young couples to knock down walls, merge rooms etc.

Peasblossom Mon 12-Apr-21 12:10:49

Yes, I thought that too. In one house, one of the first things we did was put a wall back up so that we had a toy free room.

In another house, one evening when they were all teenagers, one had his friends in the living room playing music, another in the study with computer games and another in the kitchen diner doing makeovers. They wouldn’t have mixed.

I went to bed.

CafeAuLait Mon 12-Apr-21 12:15:14

I always loved open plan with my family when they were growing. I could work in the kitchen and keep an eye on them. I could interact with them. I'd choose it again.

Shinamae Mon 12-Apr-21 12:16:08

Much prefer separate rooms....

mrsba Mon 12-Apr-21 12:20:15

Couldn't bear open plan, trying to relax in the evening watching the TV with dishwasher/washing machine going and the cooking smells. No thanks. Also our children were very musical, one singing, I flute, it was good to close the door until performance was perfected.

Aveline Mon 12-Apr-21 12:23:03

Open plan living was fine when the children were very young but I was very glad to get away from that and move to a home with separate spaces. Even now, I'm as we're both retired, it's great to have different rooms to be in. Right now I'm writing in one room and DH is busy on the phone and working in another room.
I feel open plan living is a bit of a trend which could be out of fashion soon enough.

vampirequeen Mon 12-Apr-21 12:25:44

My lottery win house i.e. the one I plan in my head as I fall asleep has a kitchen/lounge overlooking the main garden and a smaller snug with a coal fire or wood burner, for snuggling in the evening or taking formal guests into, overlooking another smaller garden. I couldn't do totally open plan. I'd want a comfortable room that stays tidy .

CafeAuLait Mon 12-Apr-21 12:27:20

I made sure all my kids had their own room so they could have their own space. Musical instruments could be practiced in there. It was never a problem. Still have open plan and those still at home are grown now.

mokryna Mon 12-Apr-21 12:28:47

My DDs wanted the kitchen wall knocked down but I left it up, I didn’t want guests to see my messy kitchen while eating nor, even though I have ventilators, smells wafting about.

Peasblossom Mon 12-Apr-21 12:34:34

No mokryna. When I drop the turkey on the floor,😱 I don’t want everyone to see.

I made sure this house had a kitchen with doors!!!

Peasblossom Mon 12-Apr-21 12:35:07

When I said no, I really meant yes

Beechnut Mon 12-Apr-21 12:38:41

vampirequeen

My lottery win house i.e. the one I plan in my head as I fall asleep has a kitchen/lounge overlooking the main garden and a smaller snug with a coal fire or wood burner, for snuggling in the evening or taking formal guests into, overlooking another smaller garden. I couldn't do totally open plan. I'd want a comfortable room that stays tidy .

I do that 😂 I’ve yet to get up the stairs and plan the bedrooms out. 😴

mokryna Mon 12-Apr-21 12:42:32

Peasblossom

No mokryna. When I drop the turkey on the floor,😱 I don’t want everyone to see.

I made sure this house had a kitchen with doors!!!

It’s true, my cousin entraining a VIP, after she dropped the dessert on the floor, scooped it up and served it.

mokryna Mon 12-Apr-21 12:43:32

Entertaining

CafeAuLait Mon 12-Apr-21 12:44:13

vampirequeen

My lottery win house i.e. the one I plan in my head as I fall asleep has a kitchen/lounge overlooking the main garden and a smaller snug with a coal fire or wood burner, for snuggling in the evening or taking formal guests into, overlooking another smaller garden. I couldn't do totally open plan. I'd want a comfortable room that stays tidy .

You can do open plan with a room that stays tidy. My front living room is the tidy area where I bring guests. The back living area is more about day to day living. The layout makes the two living areas easy to separate even though it is open plan.

Lillie Mon 12-Apr-21 12:47:19

I wish we had had open plan living for our kids especially through teenage years. Too much drifting off into separate rooms (and being secretive!) I think it does everyone good to be together. A bit like in Neighbours! grin

LauraNorder Mon 12-Apr-21 12:47:52

Always had a big kitchen/diner, parent cooking and children doing homework or craftwork works well.
Tv in a separate room otherwise no getting away from it.
Have experienced open plan, noise, echoing sounds, dishwasher, tv and conversation not good bedfellows. Even putting the kettle on when other person is watching tv can cause annoyance.
We currently have kitchen with island and bar stools and tv on the wall as there are only two of us. Strict kettle boiling and dishwasher rules. Washing machine in utility room so not a problem.
Have a dining room when family and friends are allowed for meals and a sitting room for cosy evenings and entertaining.
Dining room doubles as music room and office.
I’m lucky enough to have a little studio for throwing paint around. No talent at all but really enjoy this space. That wouldn’t work with open plan living.

Lollin Mon 12-Apr-21 12:50:05

Beechnut

vampirequeen

My lottery win house i.e. the one I plan in my head as I fall asleep has a kitchen/lounge overlooking the main garden and a smaller snug with a coal fire or wood burner, for snuggling in the evening or taking formal guests into, overlooking another smaller garden. I couldn't do totally open plan. I'd want a comfortable room that stays tidy .

I do that 😂 I’ve yet to get up the stairs and plan the bedrooms out. 😴

Cannot believe these! I started doing this and it often helps me to fall asleep grin

Beswitched Mon 12-Apr-21 12:50:47

I am currently living in an open plan apartment although hope to be able to move in the next year or so. I am adamant that I want a separate kitchen.

If a friend was calling up in the evening pre covid I had to be sure not to cook fish or anything with onions for dinner as the smell would be all over the place.

Also makes unannounced visitors not overly welcome as no separate room to bring them into if you're still tidying up after cooking etc.

CafeAuLait Mon 12-Apr-21 12:53:50

I'm wondering if we are picturing the same thing when we are discussing open plan. My kitchen is a separate room, it just has open views to the other living areas. You do have to go through a door way to get to it though. There's still the privacy of bedrooms, an office/studio which are separate rooms.

CafeAuLait Mon 12-Apr-21 12:54:40

Lollin

Beechnut

vampirequeen

My lottery win house i.e. the one I plan in my head as I fall asleep has a kitchen/lounge overlooking the main garden and a smaller snug with a coal fire or wood burner, for snuggling in the evening or taking formal guests into, overlooking another smaller garden. I couldn't do totally open plan. I'd want a comfortable room that stays tidy .

I do that 😂 I’ve yet to get up the stairs and plan the bedrooms out. 😴

Cannot believe these! I started doing this and it often helps me to fall asleep grin

I like the sound of this. I have trouble falling asleep so am going to try this. Maybe more around garden design. I might even come up with some good ideas!

Sago Mon 12-Apr-21 12:58:22

I love having a snug and a more formal living area, my husband has a study where we often sit in front of the wood burner.
We have only 1 television that’s in the snug, having a quiet space to read or listen to music is vital for us.

However we are in the process of buying an apartment in the UK that’s all open plan!
It will be a second home, let’s hope it works out!

vampirequeen Mon 12-Apr-21 13:38:33

CafeAuLait

Lollin

Beechnut

vampirequeen

My lottery win house i.e. the one I plan in my head as I fall asleep has a kitchen/lounge overlooking the main garden and a smaller snug with a coal fire or wood burner, for snuggling in the evening or taking formal guests into, overlooking another smaller garden. I couldn't do totally open plan. I'd want a comfortable room that stays tidy .

I do that 😂 I’ve yet to get up the stairs and plan the bedrooms out. 😴

Cannot believe these! I started doing this and it often helps me to fall asleep grin

I like the sound of this. I have trouble falling asleep so am going to try this. Maybe more around garden design. I might even come up with some good ideas!

I haven't made it upstairs yet but I have pretty much sorted my downstairs layout. I'm working on a utility room/cloakroom atm which will have a door out to a side of house area that will be a utility area with washing lines, log store and dustbins grin I pity the architect if I ever do win the lottery because my mind plans probably won't go straight onto paper without problems grin.

Peasblossom Mon 12-Apr-21 13:48:55

I have spent many a happy night, drifting off, planning my garden. We moved in, just before lockdown to a featureless sheet of grass.

I’m especially fond of the fake jungle area with bamboo and a hut.🐒🪲🎍🌾

Amberone Mon 12-Apr-21 13:52:16

I love the look of open plan. A lot of my neighbours have gone open plan over the last ten years. I'm so glad we didn't - for the last year the dining room has been converted into an office (which means he moved his PC in there on the dining room table!) for my OH to work at home. We shut the doors and I can wander round and work in the other rooms without disturbing him usually. He's next to the kitchen so he can pop out for coffee when he wants to, and lunch. His work is classified, so we just shut the doors at the end of the day and no-one goes in there.

One of my neighbours is currently putting a wall back up - she doesn't like not having a room where she can shut the door and keep the noise out. I think she's having problems with her children not doing their homework as well, up in their bedrooms.