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5 Reasons to Choose Open Floor Plans


San Antonio Design RemodelerThroughout the history of home design, preferences have shifted regarding the division of interior space. In the Victorian era, for instance, rooms tended to be cut off with walls, so each could be heated individually. This was a large change from the centrally heated open-fire floor plan homes of the middle ages. Frank Lloyd Wright was the first American modern-era architect to apply an open design to his creations. Innovations in heating equipment and ductwork had increased energy efficiency and heat delivery, making open designs more cost effective. Previously, open design was applied only in offices, where “bullpens” or “cube farms” of workers allowed businesses to save on utilities and rent. (As we’ll see a little later, an open floor plan is also conducive to team brainstorming.) Read more