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Floor plans with informal living spaces

Open concept design


Keeping rooms, usually situated near the kitchen and breakfast room, offer cozy appeal as informal, secondary living rooms. They are generally designed to allow more flexibility in how you use your home - often with a fireplace as the focal point of the room.

Here are top five floor plans with informal living spaces - keeping rooms that create an open concept design. 

Floor plans with informal living spaces - keeping room idea #1:

Floor plans with informal living spaces | Open concept design tips

The Remington, a floor plan concept by Frank Snodgrass, incorporates a keeping room designed to open up the kitchen and breakfast room.

This keeping room:

- Captures the beautiful scenery of the wooded lot - with floor-to-ceiling windows encircling the room

- Emphasizes family entertainment, with a TV wall mount tucked to one side, and a see-through fireplace in sight

- Creates comfortable space for informal interactions

Floor plans with informal living spaces | Open concept design tips

In this version of the Remington, the see-through fireplace between the kitchen and grand room was added in place of the angled pantry.

As in this floor plan, keeping rooms can often integrate a raised height or vaulted ceiling design.

Here is a snapshot of the Remington floor plan, to give you a better idea of the open concept layout.

Click here to request a flyer for the Remington.

Floor plans with informal living spaces - keeping room idea #2:

Floor plans with informal living spaces | Open concept design tips

The Mastrosimone, a floor plan by Stanton Homes, features an open concept design with a keeping room that:

- Engages with an open, inviting appeal

- Allows informal hang-out time - with a raised seating bar attached to the kitchen island and space for a gaming or card table

Floor plans with informal living spaces | Open concept design tips



 

The Mastrosimone keeping room is a great example of an open concept design that maintains distinct purposes for each room.

Here is a snapshot of the Mastrosimone floor plan, to give you a better idea of the informal living spaces layout.

Click here to request a flyer for the Mastrosimone.



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Floor plans with informal living spaces | Open concept design tips

The Coventry, a floor plan design by Frank Betz, includes a vaulted ceiling keeping room.

The custom built fireplace is the centerpiece of this room - built for conversation and relaxation - with the TV entertainment center placed in the great room.



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Here is a snapshot of the floor plan, to give you a better idea of the open concept design. Click here to request a flyer for the Coventry.

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Floor plans with informal living spaces | Open concept design tipsThe Lowery, a floor plan by Stanton Homes, incorporates a keeping room:

- Designed to take advantage of natural light, with windows on every wall

- Built for today's informal lifestyle, with both a fireplace and wall preped for an entertainment center

Floor plans with informal living spaces | Open concept design tips



The Lowery is an open concept design - the keeping room is open to the island kitchen and breakfast alcove, with easy access to outdoor living spaces.

In this version of the Lowery, a second fireplace was also included in the great room.

Click here to request a flyer for the Lowery.





Floor plans with informal living spaces - keeping room idea #5:

Floor plans with informal living spaces | Open concept design tips

The Bakersfield, a floor plan by Frank Betz, incorproates a keeping room:

- Perfect for cozy conversation or a reading center

- Designed to take advantage of the view with windows on all sides

- Placed for easy access to outdoor living spaces

Floor plans with a keeping room | Keeping room floor plans | Keeping room photos


The Bakersfield keeping room is located between the family room and breakfast room, at an angle to the peninsula kitchen.

Here is a snapshot of the Bakersfield floor plan, to give you a better idea of the layout. Click here to request a flyer for the Bakersfield.







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7 Keys to Open Concept Floor Plans | Custom Home Builder Tips and Tricks

  
  
  

How to design an open concept floor plan

The term "open concept floor plan" can refer to many different architectural design features. 

How to design an open concept floor plan | Custom home builders

In this article, we've put together a few tips on how to maximize the openness of your new home.

Search for these key features in online floor plan guides, or make a list of all your favorites from this list, and we'll show you what we can design and build just for you (initial architectural design services are available at no cost when you build a Stanton Home).

 

 

1. Minimize hallways. Get inspiration from floor plan designs that minimize wasted space by eliminating unnecessary hallways. Many craftsman style homes are considered open concept designs because they minimize hallways and maximize the functionality of each home space.

For example, many craftsman homes add benches, open shelving, or storage nooks inside hallways to increase their usability. Click here for ten craftsman style home features - and learn common techniques for building an open concept craftsman home.

In this example, a craftsman style home plan, see how to design an open concept floor plan, with a few simple modifications:

How to design an open concept floor plan | Custom home buildersThese changes - made to a Frank Betz floor plan concept - center on removing half walls and adding archways. The original floor plan already minimized hallways, limiting wasted space.

How to design an open concept floor plan | Custom home builders2. Orient rooms. The rooms you use most often should flow into each other.

When designing an open concept floor plan, a key trick is to keep the kitchen open to the family room and breakfast nook.

Take a look at the Treehouse kitchen, breakfast room, and family room layout: the island was moved closer to the breakfast room and rotated to face directly into the family room to maximize the open design (and keep the wall of windows in sight while working at the prep sink).

As you browse floor plans, reference this guide to kitchen floor plan design - and learn more about how to read kitchen floor plans.

If you prefer island kitchen designs, find out more about how to orient the room based on a kitchen work triangle.

3. Create focal points, with clear lines of sight. A fireplace is often the focal point of a room - and it should be visible from every angle to maximize the feeling of free-flow.

For instance, in this version of the Remington, a three-sided glass fireplace was carefully placed in the master bedroom with clear lines of sight from the bedroom entry, sitting area, and bathroom.

Tip: when designing a floor plan around clear lines of sight, the Stanton Homes interior design team takes into account all the details - down to kitchen pendant lighting placement. (For instance, large pendant lights hanging over the island could block the view between rooms. We'll give you guidance on light fixture size, number, and placement.)

4. Designate a center point. Plan your home around one room - most often the kitchen becomes the hub of the home - and focus on that space, first.

How to design an open concept floor plan | Custom home builders

Inevitably, the kitchen island serves as a cooking bar, homework station, and conversation area.

So take advantage of this space by including the most useful features to you.

Tip: when choosing a central space to base your open concept floor plan on, brainstorm about what types of storage matter most to your lifestyle. Open shelving for cookbooks? Outward-facing cubbies for kid's homework? Glass-faced cabinets for displaying fine china? Built-in wine racks? An island can serve as a storage space for more than just pots, pans, and baking dishes.

5. Open upwards. Don't forget the possibilities that open up with ceiling design.

How to design an open concept floor plan | Custom home builders

Two story ceilings, arched openings, barrel vaults, ceiling vaults, and other specialty ceilings will draw the eye upward, even in smaller floor plans - making them feel much larger on the inside.

Tip: varying the height of your ceilings will ALWAYS have a dramatic effect - making a home feel larger inside.

Instead of including 9 foot ceilings throughout the first floor, consider raising your living room ceiling or master bedroom ceiling to 11 feet tall. You'll be amazed at the difference this can make. (This is not a feature you can change later on, so talk to your builder about what ceiling heights they offer, at what cost.)

6. Add architectural details. Consider adding columns, rather than full walls, between rooms.

The Summerlyn, a Frank Betz floor plan, and the Carwile, a Stanton Homes custom design, are two great example of what columns add to an open concept floor plan.

See photos of custom homes that incorporate decorative columns:

The Maple Lane

The Mastrosimone (take a look at the master bedroom and the kitchen)

How to design an open concept floor plan | Custom home builders

7. Include fewer formal spaces. And less separation of living areas.

If you have a formal living room or formal dining room in your current home, how often do you use those rooms?

If the answer is "hardly ever," you may want to eliminate these space in your new home.

In this version of the Peay, the formal dining room is completely open to the kitchen. Wainscoting panneling keeps the area formal, whle minimized walls maintain the open concept.

 

Ask us how to design an open concept floor plan


If you don't see a plan that meets your needs, let us know, and we'll help you find or design the perfect floor plan.

Stanton Homes is not limited by a set few homes like most builders – we can modify and build virtually any floor plan from any architect or online home plan source, and we also have on-staff architectural and interior designers who will work with you to make a plan exactly the way you need it.

Stanton Homes helps ensure your new home is just what you're looking for. 

New Homes Raleigh NC - New Home Raleigh - Raleigh NC New Homes - New Home Raleigh NCHundreds of locations. Thousands of floor plans. Extraordinary custom design build options. And our in-house architectural design work (and interior designer expertise) comes as part of your custom home package, at no extra cost to our homebuyers.

Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

Call 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to find out more about new custom homes in the Raleigh area today. 

Custom Home Floor Plans | NC Custom Home Builders | Floor Plan Options Floor Plan Price | Raleigh New Home Cost | Custom Home Cost Estimate Floor Plan Ideas | Floor Plan Styles | Custom Home Floor Plans Raleigh New Home Lots | Custom Home Lots for Sale | New Home Lots Raleigh NC

Article copyright Stanton Homes 2006-2014, all rights reserved.  Permission required for reprint or republish of any kind.   Provided for informational purposes only, no claims are made by Stanton Homes regarding the validity of any statements.  Please note:  all listing information per MLS, and current as of posting date.  Information subject to change.

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