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Open Concept!

What is an open concept? It is the generic term used in architecture and interior design for a floor plan that makes a space look bigger. It removes enclosed rooms with walls like private rooms. The HGTV channel loves to use this term to kill walls to get more space in a house.

For houses, the open concept began in the 1880’s because the use of a larger space helped maintain the room temperature to feel comfortable. The most common use of an open concept is the combination of the kitchen, living room, and dining rooms, which is called a great room.

The open concept has both pros and cons for office workspaces. It has negative effects on workers in open-plan workspaces because the open-plan invites high levels of noise, stress, conflict, high blood pressure, and a high staff turnover. The noise reduces their productivity by one third compared to quiet rooms. On the other hand, open-plan workspaces have improved a collaboration between people and the group’s intelligence, however, their job satisfaction has reduced.


  1. nchipour wrote:

    I work in new construction homes and have seen more and more homes with these floor plans. Personally i like them.

    Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 5:47 pm | Permalink
  2. ikoroma wrote:

    Great post! I am pro open concept for homes. I am 50/50 on workspaces, depends on what the job is. I believe it is beneficial for creative businesses that requires a lot of collaboration.
    BTW, LOVE HGTV and DIY everything! I binged watched the show The Apartment on Netflix this weekend. I recommend it if your are an HGTV or DIY fan!

    Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 6:13 pm | Permalink