-Open floor plans have become increasingly popular in recent years when building or remodeling, but are they the right choice for everyone? Frank Cueva, owner of Central Pacific Construction in Paso Robles, has some answers to help come to the right decision.
Often associated with homes, open floor plans can also create efficient workspaces in business offices. An open floor plan is a design concept that involves removing walls and barriers between different spaces in a home or workspace, creating a seamless and integrated area that is open and free flowing.
The popularity of this design concept can be attributed to several factors, including the desire for a more social and interactive space, the need for more functional and versatile spaces, and the appeal of modern design.
With nearly 30 years in the business, building and remodeling homes, rental and commercial properties, Cueva, the Paso Robles contractor, has helped property owners and business owners create the floor plans that work for them. His experience has given him some insight into the benefits of open floor plans, such as:
- Creating a more social and interactive space in the home makes for easier and more dynamic conversations with other family members and guests. In the work environment, especially one that relies on collaboration between employees, an open floor plan allows for the free flow and exchange of information that is critical to a business’s success.
- Open floor plans add a sense of spaciousness by eliminating the visible barriers of walls and doors, especially when the amount of space is limited.
- The versatility of open floor plans makes it possible to use space for multiple purposes, such as a counter for serving casual meals that is also open into the dining room where the table doubles as “homework central” for the kids. In the workplace, an open central area can double as an ad-hoc conference location or a place for a team to layout plans and projects where everyone can contribute.
- The appeal of modern design that is characterized by clean lines and a focus on function and simplicity is another factor contributing to the popularity of open floor plans. Open floor plans fit perfectly with modern design philosophy, as they eliminate unnecessary walls and barriers, creating a clean, uncluttered, and minimalist space. Additionally, open floor plans often incorporate large windows and natural light, which further emphasizes the simplicity and beauty of the space.
Despite the popularity and advantages of open floor plans, there are also some potential drawbacks. One of the main drawbacks is that open floor plans can be noisy and lack privacy. With fewer walls to absorb sound, noise can travel more easily. Additionally, with fewer barriers between living spaces, there is less privacy and seclusion, which can be a concern for homeowners who value their privacy. In the workplace, open floor plans often have one or two private conference rooms to accommodate confidential meetings.
Another potential drawback of open floor plans in the home is that they can be more difficult to decorate and furnish. However, because of the versatility, open floor plans also allow for creative arrangement of furniture that is often an interior designer’s dream task.
In the end, the final decision about choosing an open floor plan or a more traditional floor plan is up to the owner. Which ever floor plan is chosen, rely on the Paso Robles contractor to deliver a home or commercial property that is completed with craftsmanship and style.
Since being formed in 1997, Central Pacific Construction has been a leader among San Luis Obispo County construction and contracting companies. From remodels to new construction, the team takes pride in their work ethic, professionalism, attention to detail and their willingness and ability to take on the most challenging projects.
The locally owned and operated company has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and a widespread reputation as one of the best construction companies in the area for residential and commercial construction, remodeling, damage repair, improvements and more.
Central Pacific Construction
3200 Riverside Ave, Suite 120
Paso Robles, CA 93446